We Must Unite Against Racism in Our Communities

Posted Oct 2, 2020, by Veronica Coptis


It is disgusting and hateful that KKK flyers are being distributed throughout Greene County over the past few weeks, but it should not be surprising. White supremacists are everywhere, and white supremacy is embedded in many of our institutions. No community is immune from this hateful ideology, and a community that willfully ignores this hateful ideology as a non-issue invites it to fester. If we don’t come together across party lines, unified against this hate, we can only expect more actions like this. We know that rhetoric from the current President of the United States has been linked to an increase in hate crimes, but his refusal to denounce white supremacy at the first presidential debate of 2020 has now been received by a known hate group (the Proud Boys) as a call to action. We need to inoculate ourselves against whatever additional rhetoric is coming our way by committing to create a community that values everyone.

Greene County is a special place to our director and to many of our members. It is on us to push back against this hate speech and call out injustice when we see it. If these flyers bother you, now is the time to take action, to learn how to push back against racism, to engage in the election, and to protect our very democracy. Contact CCJ to get more involved. 


  • Veronica Coptis

    Veronica Coptis joined the CCJ staff in March 2013 as a Community Organizer and is now serving as the Executive Director. She grew up in western Greene County near the Bailey Mine Complex and currently lives in the eastern part of the county. Before joining the CCJ staff, Veronica served on the Board of Directors for CCJ and organized with Mountain Watershed Association. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from West Virginia University. She enjoys hiking and geocaching at Ryerson State Park and other areas around Greene County with her husband and daughters. Read more about Veronica in a New Yorker Magazine profile at https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/07/03/the-future-of-coal-country. Contact Veronica at veronica@centerforcoalfieldjustice.org.

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