ADL Annual Breakfast- Defeating Hate

 Christian Picciolini: "Joining the neo-Nazi movement made me feel powerful, like I had a purpose. I spent years swallowing fear rhetoric and spitting it out to recruit others.”

Christian Picciolini: "Joining the neo-Nazi movement made me feel powerful, like I had a purpose. I spent years swallowing fear rhetoric and spitting it out to recruit others.”

This past Thursday, I attended the Anti-Defamation League’s annual Law and Education breakfast at Kernwood Country Club. I was able to connect with members of the community as we listened to keynote speaker Christian Picciolini talk about his journey and former life as a Neo-Nazi. It was incredible to hear how he unlearned hate and was able to open his eyes to see a better world is possible.

I was glad to see a number of familiar faces from the district, as well as members of area law enforcement, educators, and an outstanding number of students. I was encouraged to see young people present and engaged with fighting hate in Massachusetts and the world.

Almost one year after the discovery of anti- Semitic graffiti in the district along with the rapid spread of hate throughout the country, it is more important now than ever to celebrate diversity. We need to appreciate one another for our differences rather than discriminate because of them. 

I am proud to be from a district where we honor diversity and work together to fight hate and discrimination in all its forms.  I look forward to advancing my work with the Anti-Defamation League and embracing the cause of love over hate at all levels of the community.

Preyel Patel