Racism in NH is no surprise

To the editor:

Mr. David Seidel, in his May 22 letter to the editor, seems shocked and horrified to discover that here in New Hampshire there are people who are racist. In his distress, he resorts to harsh and inflammatory language. That does not help this reader to sympathize with him or his observation that racism is still deeply imbedded this society.

The Spring 2014 issue of the Intelligence Report published by The Southern Poverty Law Center, lists 939 Hate Groups in the USA, seven of them here in New Hampshire. These include KKK, Neo-Nazi, White Nationalist and Skin Head groups.

I hope Mr. Seidel is calmer now, and willing to be part of the change he wants to see. We need civil discourse to change hearts and minds. My world view includes praying for the conversion of people who do not value the dignity of every human being.

While I am sad that fellow citizens hold these views, I am not ashamed to live here. Where could we go that would be better than New Hampshire?


Pamela Parrish


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