I don’t know why someone would display this particular piece of history. I feel it is a bad judgment to do so and wonder what type of clientele the owner is trying to attract.
However, what I feel is more telling and important is: Why are the people of Grand Haven tolerating this display of racial hatred on the main street of their town, a place that defines who they are as a community?
A person has his or her own perspective on a swastika from World War II. However, when it gets put in a storefront window, on the main street, in a town that heavily relies on tourism; and that swastika is then seen by tourists from all over the country. It then is a reflection on the community of Grand Haven.
When I saw this swastika, I suddenly became very uncomfortable and wondered what kind of community I had wandered into. What kind of people live in Grand Haven? Why are they tolerating this display? Why haven’t they reacted to this swastika before? What is the City Council doing about it?
Grand Haven — for whom are you a haven? Please stand up for what is right. Demand that the swastika be removed from the storefront window. Show your visitors tolerance and respect.
At a time when Michigan is suffering economically, it is so important to show the very best that Michigan has to offer. A swastika is not that!!!
— Sarah Franzel/Wynnewood, Pa.