Hate, prejudice, racism, anti-Semitism — a smorgasbord of humankind’s worst instincts and ugliest mental habits — were on the menu as more than 40 town leaders gathered for a morning of talk and truth-telling, followed by lunch and a discussion of how Ridgefield’s social climate can be made more tolerant and welcoming in an age of growing national diversity.
“Swastikas, language, racial slurs … it’s not just about religion,” said First Selectman Rudy Marconi. “There seems to be a general undertone in our community. You see little bits of things here and there. We need to confine it and lock it up.”