BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The bigotry and hate needs to stop.
That was the message from Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton on Wednesday morning in a press conference, explaining that he had to suspend the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market because one of the vendors had ties to white nationalism.
“Our public safety officials reported to me information identifying threats of specific individuals with connections to past white nationalist violence,” Hamilton said. “It was a very painful decision to suspend our beloved Farmers’ Market, affecting hundreds of local farmers and their families, and thousands of patrons and visitors.”
He did not go into detail what kind of threats they received.
Hamilton says white supremacy must end, not just at a local level, but at a national level — especially in the White House.
“It’s a toxic stew of bigotry and hatred that is being brewed by many across the country, including our own president,” Hamilton said. “I am furious that, coming from our White House, are messages of bigotry and racism.”
The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market is suspended for the next two weekends, but Hamilton says they will open it back up after that.
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