The Farmington/Farmington Hills Multicultural/Multiracial Community Council (MCMR) is proud to represent the rich diversity of our welcoming community. Home to the Zekelman Holocaust Center, ours is a community that leads efforts to teach the perils of hatred and discrimination grounded in history. As such, we concur with a recent statement released by the US Holocaust Museum:
“Though condemnation for recent antisemitic acts has come from many quarters, episodic outrage is insufficient. Leaders and citizens must consistently condemn such sentiments and work toward addressing their root causes. The Holocaust teaches that hatred can easily infect a society – in Nazi Germany, it started with Jews but did not end with them. All Americans who value a free, just, and pluralistic society should see these alarming trends as a threat to each of us.”
In Farmington and Farmington Hills, we take seriously the precipitous increase of antisemitism both nationally and locally. The nearby Jewish communities of West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Township have been targets of high profile, antisemitic threats leveled against Jewish individuals and institutions. Our own community has not been totally spared either, with antisemitic threats also reported.
MCMR stands united with our Jewish friends in neighboring communities, and within our own community. Our law enforcement officers, schools, government bodies, non-profits, business, faith, and other community leaders are of one voice in rejecting this age-old bigotry. We urge every member of our community to stand with us in pushing back against antisemitism, racism, Islamaphobia, LGBTQ+ hatred, sexism, ageism, and discrimination against the disabled. Here, in Farmington and Farmington Hills, we reject hatred in any form. An affront to any one group is an affront to us all.
(If you see something, say something! Please report incidents of antisemitism or hatred targeting anyone in our community to both the police and the Antidefamation League https://www.adl.org/report-incident.)
Established in 1994, MCMR exists to represent the interests and concerns of Farmington and the Hills residents by fostering an environment where residents feel safe, welcome, and respected in their city, schools, businesses, and neighborhoods. Through its diverse membership representing faith-based organizations, non-profits, large agencies, businesses, and individuals, MCMR interacts with leaders of City Government, the Police and Fire Departments, School Board, Library, and the broader community. It works to foster a climate of acceptance, inclusivity, and responsiveness where topics of mutual interest, as well as issues of concern, can be shared with both public officials and neighbors in the spirit of promoting a welcoming environment for all.