Residents in Worthington, Sharon Township and other surrounding neighborhoods recently received disturbing flyers in front of their homes that appear to be recruiting propaganda from an organization known for its racist history and beliefs. Many flyers were dropped at the homes of Black residents in the historic Flint Road area, recognized for its role in the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement, and other neighborhoods to try and intimidate and frighten people.
Residents and leaders with the City of Worthington, Sharon Township and our community partner organizations and businesses want to spread the message loud and clear: These hateful attempts to intimidate and scare people will not be tolerated. We join our voices together to condemn this attack and any expressions of bias and racism in our neighborhoods and community. We believe that this and other efforts to stir hate, racism or discrimination have no place in our community. We refuse to let individuals who spread hate and racist messages affect our way of life. Our citizens have every right to live without fear and rest assured that they are safe in their homes and neighborhoods. We will continue to provide a supportive, protective and welcoming environment for all people and will work together to make our communities a safer place for all.
If you get the flyer, report it to the Worthington Police, Sharon Township Police, or the police department in the jurisdiction where you live. Law enforcement and other organizations track this type of activity and it could be valuable for future investigations. In addition, the Worthington Community Relations Commission (CRC) is facilitating conversations about ways to further eliminate discrimination and bias and welcomes your involvement. Email the CRC at WCRC@Worthington.org.
We encourage you to use this experience as motivation to connect with your neighbors and take action to learn more and participate in some of these activities to honor and reflect on Worthington’s history and show support for one other.
Resources and Information
By working together and supporting each other we will build a safer, more inclusive community that embraces all people.
City of Worthington
Board of the Friends Foundation of Worthington Libraries
All Saints Lutheran Church
Building Worthington’s Future
Colonial Hills Civic Association
Congregation Beth Tikvah
Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club
Linworth United Methodist Church
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
McConnell Arts Center
Smoky Row Brethren Church
St. John A.M.E. Church
St. John's Episcopal Church
Worthington Alliance of Black Families and Educators
Worthington AM Rotary
Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce
Worthington Chamber Orchestra
Worthington Community Relations Commission
Worthington Historical Society
Worthington Interfaith Neighbors
Worthington International Friendship Association
Worthington Presbyterian Church (by action of the Session)
Worthington Racial Justice Organizing
Worthington Resource Pantry
Worthington United Methodist Church