It’s got to stop. Recently, a friend of our family, was verbally abused by some 20-somethings while shopping at the local grocery market in Kennebunk.

He is a family man with a wife and three beautiful kids, who is studying law while working at another job, so he is a busy guy. Oh, by the way, did I mention that he is black and the verbal abuse was monkey noises from this crowd of bigots.

The underbelly of racism exists right here where we pride ourselves in being so “accepting.”

May I suggest to all of us that when we see this kind of behavior we call it out for what it is.

It is intimidating, it is bullying and it is unacceptable.

It needs to stop.

Jake Hawkins


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