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The Worthington community has a long history of promoting tolerance and support for people from diverse backgrounds. We are proud to be part of such an open and welcoming community. Like you, we were shocked and saddened by the hate and violence that recently unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn domestic terrorist attacks and stress that this type of violence and hate speech is unacceptable and not what our community stands for. Hate and intolerance are directly counter to the beliefs and actions of our community. We as a government and community will continue to promote tolerance and respect for diversity and be a welcoming place for people of all backgrounds and cultures.
One of the things that makes Worthington such a special place to live and work is the community’s demonstrated respect for all people. Few communities whether large or small can lay claim to organizations such as the Community Relations Commission, the Worthington International Friendship Association and Partners for Community and Character – all of which foster respect for others. Worthington’s interest in these types of initiatives goes back to the 1800s, as exemplified by the Worthington Anti-Slavery Society formed in 1835 with the stated objectives of the emancipation of slaves from their masters and “the emancipation of the colored man from the oppression of public sentiment and unjust laws and the elevation of both [slaves and free blacks] to an intellectual and moral equality with whites”. There were numerous “stations” of the Underground Railroad in the Worthington and Flint Road areas. Worthington has had an active human rights organization since the late 1960s starting with the Human Relations Council which worked on fair housing and civil rights issues to the current Community Relations Commission which works on issues related to fair and equal treatment for all persons, promoting and fostering understanding, positive relationships and a strong sense of community among people of diverse educational, racial, ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. We ask our community to continue to work together to be a welcoming and respectful place for all.