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New graffiti with hateful message exposed in Bozeman

New graffiti with hateful message exposed in Bozeman

Montana may be a beautiful state, but there’s a certain ugliness lurking beneath the surface. Recent bomb threats in Bozeman have targeted businesses that support the LGBTQ+ community, and the presence of hate groups is on the rise across Montana.

The recent bomb threats in Bozeman are an example of the impact of hate groups on the state’s residents. The threats were received by email and originated in South Africa. The threats are believed to be linked to upcoming Pride events.

Montana – No room for hatred

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Hate message posted near downtown Bozeman

Earlier today I came across an article on the Real Ask Bozeman page on Facebook. It was an image of a symbol written on a trash can near the Emerson Center for Arts and Culture, on the corner of W. Babcock and S. Grand. The symbol is a known acronym used by white supremacists, according to the Anti-Defamation League. I decided to take a walk and see it for myself.

Symbol of Hate – Bozeman

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Since I’m not a member of a hate group, I had to Google the meaning of “WPWW.” We learned that the acronym stands for “White Power Worldwide.” Seeing it on display in Bozeman is disappointing to say the least.

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Hate has no place in Montana. Everyone who lives here deserves to be treated equally and with respect, regardless of the color of their skin or sexual preferences. Unfortunately, there are still some incredibly simple-minded people living in the state who continue to make Montana look bad on the national stage.

Come on Montana, we’re better than that.

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