The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance sees the situation as a chance to talk about the display and its possible meaning. The alliance and Grand Haven Area Public Schools will host a Community Conversation on the display from 7-9 tonight (Thursday, Oct. 4) in the Escanaba Room of the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Ave.
The debate was sparked by Ken David, 15896 Comstock St. in Grand Haven Township — directly across the street from Peach Plains Elementary School — who hung two lawn chairs in his frontyard alongside political signs. However, David said the chairs are just a decoration, even though he admits to being a political activist.
"We were contacted by a Peach Plains staff member with concerns about the hanging chairs across the street," Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance Executive Director Gail Harrison said. "This community dialogue will provide an opportunity for the community to share concerns, identify ways to build a welcoming community, and discuss ideas on how to talk with their children."
Andre Daley, associated executive director of the alliance, said the alliance staff will provide residents at tonight's event with advice and tools to help them respond to similar incidents.
David said he won't attend tonight's forum, partly because he already has plans and partly because he wasn't formally invited by the alliance.
David was holding a series of signs at the corner of Beacon Boulevard and Washington Avenue in Grand Haven this afternoon. He said the signs promote liberty and freedoms.
"I'm doing it because I'm worried about what's happening to my country," David said.