'Solidarity Against Hate' gets message out

Brittnee Williams, Nicole Shockley and Jennifer McGinnis send their message of Solidarity Against Hate with posters, smiles and friendly waves to passersby at the corner of Jefferson and Elm in Lebanon Saturday.


A lot of Lebanon residents saw a small group of people on the corner of Jefferson and Elm on Saturday.

They call themselves Solidarity Against Hate, and they held posters and waved at passing drivers who often waved or honked in response.

Every one of them seemed clear on why they were there.

Jennifer McGinnis put it simply.

“I have three kids. What they’re seeing in the world, this hate, is not what I want my kids to grow up to be like. I want them to love everybody regardless. I’m tired of it. I don’t want my kids to grow up in a hateful world. They grew up loving everybody, loving each other, and that’s how everybody should be,” McGinnis said.

She described herself as an introvert who was out of her comfort zone when holding a poster and waving at the passersby at a demonstration on the busiest corner in Lebanon, but she said, “I have to do it.”

McGinnis also organized the Solidarity Against Hate page on Facebook.

Elizabeth Barker, an art teacher at Lebanon High School, was one of the organizers of the demonstration that began at 9:00 a.m. Saturday.

“We wanted to show Lebanon is a loving town. Sure, we have different people here with different ways of worshiping, different ways of believing, different ways of voting, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all come together and say that we’re about love here, and we’re not about hate, and we’re not going to tolerate that in our community,” said Elizabeth Barker, one of the organizers.

Barker wants this community to be one that welcomes everyone.

Barker wanted to take advantage of the increase in traffic thanks to the solar eclipse tourists to get out a message about Southwest Missouri.

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