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Protest The Nationalist Movement March

I write this letter to inform the MIT community of a rally tomorrow that will oppose a march by the Nationalist Movement. The N.M., a Mississippi-based white supremacist organization marching tomorrow in South Boston, couldn't have chosen a better time for the march.

The recent Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade was canceled because a court ruled that an Irish-American lesbigay group could participate in the parade. The N.M. march hopes to gain fuel from such conflicts and racial tensions that have recently shaken the city. Tensions between the Boston community and a police force accused of racist behavior, along with race riots that hit two Boston high schools last year, all have created an atmosphere beneficial to the N.M.'s agenda.

The N.M. is by no means a harmless political organization, having been responsible for killing several Jews, Blacks, and gays, and driving all black families out of Vidor, Texas. It calls for the complete repatriation of "Jews to Israel, Puerto Ricans to Puerto Rico, Negroes to Africa, Orientals to the Orient." Nothing could be more disgusting than this, especially when Richard Barrett, the leader of the Nationalist Movement, claims that "we stand for the greatest good for the greatest number." All of us should be repulsed that a cultural parade meant to bring a community together has so quickly been substituted by an event preaching hatred, homophobia, and racism against so many of us.

All around Boston, groups are quickly organizing to form a counter-rally to oppose the N.M. march. Right here on campus, GAMIT is working together with the Black Student Union, The Thistle, and the Asian American Caucus to form a delegation to the rally. But we need students to come out tomorrow morning and support us in opposing the Nationalist Movement.

The last thing any of us should do is let a racist, bigoted organization walk through the streets of South Boston unopposed. This would only send a message that the general public agrees with, or at least tolerates, their philosophy of fear and hate. The entire MIT community, with its diverse student body, should be especially outspoken in condemning tomorrow's march and in defending the human rights of all people. Doing otherwise will only make us weaker in the long run.

There is a high price to be paid for our silence, but together we can show our disapproval of the Nationalist Movement's terrorist methods and its attempts to divide this city. After all, there is nothing that can bring a community closer together than the struggle against a common enemy.

Students will be meeting as a group on the steps of the Student Center around 10 a.m. At 10:30, we plan to take the T to Government Center's City Hall Plaza. There, we will join other groups from the Boston area and travel, either by foot or train, to the site of the Nationalist Movement march.

Carlos J. Torres '97

GAMIT Co-Resource Coordinator