Community Responds to 'White Supremacist' Images Found Around Rochester

July 15, 2017 11:18 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- With the click of a shutter, a group of Rochester residents is sending a message.

"I am not going to let these posters be a reflection of our city," Regina Mustafa said.


Mustafa, along with Chad Allen and photographer Kathleen Murphy, helped arrange a photo shoot Saturday with the goal of replacing the messages promoting what they described as a white supremacist group with messages of love and tolerance.

"We're taking their images and we're taking their text and we're reappropriating it, again because not in our town, it's just not going to happen in our town," Allen said.

"Let's give it right back to them," Mustafa said. "Let's put up posters that celebrate our diversity and demonstrate how all of us together, this is how we proceed with our future and this is who we are as Rochester."

More than 70 people attended the photo shoot, which will allow the organizers numerous photos to choose from when making new posters to hang around Rochester.

For Deb Cannon, who attended the event, the images seen around town reminded her of something out of a history book.

"I studied in depth propaganda in World War II, so those posters around town just reeked of propaganda," she said.

The organizers plan to put up the new posters after the photos are processed. And Saturday's event shows that making a difference doesn't take a huge commitment, Mustafa said.

"Everyone can easily be a part of a powerful message against hate," she said.


Logan Reigstad

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