Santa Fe Promotes Tolerance

August 1, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On August 1, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported that "Two billboards that declare Santa Fe to be "no place for hate" will greet people driving down this town's main drag beginning August 10. Community leaders hope the signs will help dispel the perception that residents of this small Galveston County town may be less than tolerant toward people unlike themselves." After recent allegations involving anti-Semitism and other acts of discrimination, "the school district has accepted the Anti-Defamation League's offer to present a two-hour training program on hate crimes to [its] administrative staff this month." Martin Cominsky, a regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, said that the billboards will "remind the community of the importance of respecting other people. I think most people in Santa Fe are good, caring people. I think it's both a reaffirmation that Santa Fe is no place for hate and always has been no place for hate, and also a reminder to the community that it's becoming more diverse now and that respect for those differences is important."