The City of Santee is determined in changing its long-standing image associated with hate and racism that currently resurfaced amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
City leaders led a rally in the park, and cars decorated with symbols of peace then made their way through city streets, said a CBS8 report.
Santee Mayor John Minto said, “It is a community that has been injured, and a community that needs to lead itself.”
Santee was rocked by controversies after two consecutive acts of “hate” in a two separate incident which challenged its citizens to step up and shape a new image for their city.
A man was seen wearing a Ku Klux Klan (KKK) hood while shopping at a Vons.
While another man shopping at a Santee Food-4-Less was seen wearing a face mask with a Nazi swastika flag.
City officials said they want to change the reputation associated with the old Santee, nicknamed “Klantee.”
Later the man wearing a KKK hood claimed that it was just a peaceful protest against the government’s social distancing rules.
The San Diego Sheriff’s Department later said that there’s no sufficient evidence to charge the KKK hooded man.
According to the report, city leaders are now turning their attention to an expanded community task force, charged with researching the problem and coming up with recommendations, such as updating history lessons in schools.
Citizens went on a car parade to promote love over hate and ended their demonstration at the City hall.
There they were met by Chabad Rabbi Rafi Adrusier stood in solidarity with the city.
“I believe that most hate comes from ignorance. Through education people will learn to live and love with one another,” said Rabbi Adrusier.