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In-box: Bigotry and prejudice must be fought

April 27, 2011
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Mr. Maurer:

My family and I belong to the JCC and see your picture often, and I have often thought about coming to some of your talks. They all seem interesting. However, your recent commentary in the Indiana Lawyer (March 30-April 12, 2011) about the purple hats was mind blowing because it was so simple and so true. Thank you for not being afraid to confront bigotry. My daughter’s class is doing a mock trial about apartheid and she is playing the part of Nelson Mandela. I plan to share this article with her so that she knows the fight against hatred doesn’t stop and that she too, like the generations before her, has a responsibility to stand up against prejudice. In a state where too many people take prejudicial undercurrents as “no big deal” it is refreshing to read an article like yours and to know that people like you do exist in Indiana and are willing to stand up and speak out against ignorance. Thank you for doing that, and thank you for inspiring me.

Alexandra M. Curlin
Curlin Law Office, Indianapolis
 

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