DETROIT (WWJ) – The NAACP is holding a town hall on hate as part of the annual Fight for Freedom Fund weekend in Detroit.
Saturday’s forum is called “From Symbols of Hate to Portraits of Understanding.” Detroit NAACP president Rev. Wendell Anthony says the forum on hate comes as Rev. Terry Jones continues to stir up trouble here in metro Detroit.
“It comes at a very timely period in our history as you know with the coming of this so-called reverend from Florida, Terry Jones, who’s coming up here spreading division and derision. The fact that we’ve had some discussion relative to racism and confederate flags, the fact that we’ve had discussions relative to the Muslim community being singled out,” says Anthony.
As to his feelings about the controversial Florida pastor – who plans to protest outside Dearborn City Hall on Friday – Anthony says, “I’m against everything that he is saying. I don’t believe in what he’s doing. He brings hate, he brings division – but in my heart of hearts let him speak.” However, the Rev. Wendell Anthony adds, “The best way to take the clothes off of an idiot is to let him wear the clothes that he’s already in.”
The forum runs from 2pm-4pm Saturday at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources on E. Jefferson in Detroit.