The Boone Town Council has passed a “welcoming community resolution.”

The resolution designates the town of Boone to be a welcoming community to everyone, regardless of background, national origin, race, and ethnicity.

The declaration points to evidence that white nationalism is on the rise in the U.S., and seeks to distance Boone from an increase in hate crimes and hate speech.

The council included a specific mention of a recent rally for President Trump in Greenville, N.C. The crowd could be heard chanting, “Send her back,” apparently referring to a U.S. representative who emigrated from Somalia. The resolution says that by not speaking out, the town could mistakenly be associated with hate speech.

The declaration also includes quotes from Albert Einstein, Plato, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, who all warned about the dangers of saying and doing nothing in the face of hateful rhetoric.

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