Bucknell student from Squirrel Hill: Society must stop 'normalizing hate'
For a third day in a row communities in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania have come together, following this weekend's massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
At Bucknell University, Tuesday, hundreds gathered at the "Science Quad", for a vigil with a clear message.
Allison Meyer, a student and Squirrel Hill-native, spoke before the crowd, saying society must stop "normalizing hate."
" It is up to us to make this world into the place we want to live," Meyer implored.
Others like Rabbi Chana Leslie Glazer say it appears as though hate has become more accepted in society.
"We now have a national discourse that tolerates hate as being socially acceptable that in ways was not socially acceptable before," Glazer said.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents rose nearly 60 percent last year.
Meyer was one of the organizers of Tuesday night's vigil, which comes three days after the tragic shooting. Students encouraged one another to denounce hate in all forms. They lit candles to honor the victims, symbolic of the light those in the crowd hope to be in their communities.