ON A “LOVE TRAIN”: Princeton University Professor Emeritus Cornel West addresses the crowd on Saturday in Palmer Square. Originally announced to be a march in Princeton by a white supremacist group, the event turned into a rally against hate, bigotry, and racism, and a call for solidarity. West and others gave short speeches after the hundreds of participants marched around the square, carrying signs and chanting. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)
By Donald Gilpin
Originally anticipated as an event that would spread hate, bigotry, conflict, and possibly violence, a rally in Princeton last Saturday turned into an expression of solidarity and harmony, as the white supremacist group that had said it was coming to town didn’t show up and hundreds of counter-protestors joined “a love train,” in the words of Princeton University Professor Emeritus Cornel West.
Signs of all sizes proclaimed such messages as “Love Not Hate Makes America Great,” “Hate Has No Home Here,” and “Princeton Stands Against Hate and White Supremacy,” as the crowds paraded around the perimeter of Palmer Square chanting “Not in Princeton, not anywhere,” “No hate, no fear, Nazis are not welcome here,” and other expressions of solidarity in opposition to the originally planned white supremacist message. more