A seventh-grader took the time to school a full-grown adult about why there are anti-hate lawn signs in his neighborhood.
President Donald Trump supporter John Natale wrote a letter to the editor of the Winchester Star in which he ranted about the presence of lawn signs he observed popping up in his community that read, “Hate has no place in this home," Raw Story reports.
“Your 'Hate' sign is totally uncalled for because it says that Winchester has a hate problem,” Natale wrote. “Where is it? It is offensive to imply that the rest of us — who don’t have a sign and who don’t think the way you think we should — are haters. That’s insulting. It’s still a free country and I am free to think for myself.”
He further condemned the signs by asserting that they are “self-righteous, exhibit snow-flake sensitivity, and they achieve nothing.”
Luke Macannuco, a seventh-grade student and fellow community member, responded to Natale’s note with an eloquent breakdown explaining that the signs exist to reassure local minorities they have support among their neighbors, and to reject the values and rhetoric displayed by the Trump White House.
“Natale’s first mistake was claiming the signs read, 'Hate has no place in this home,'" Macannuco wrote. “Mr. Natale is incorrectly assuming that the owners of the sign are finding it necessary to state that there is no hate in their home. But, as the American flag depicted on the sign signifies, the posters are referencing the entire U.S.A., a country that does not tolerate hate in spite of its current leadership.”
Natale posed several questions in his letter directed at people who have chosen to display the lawn signs, and Macanucco responded to each of them.
In response to Natale’s inquiry about what evidence exists that there is hate in the Winchester community, Macanucco bravely used his own experience as an example by divulging that he has been called homophobic slurs by classmates and adults.
The young student concluded his letter with a slam dunk that called out the irony in Natale’s claims that the signs represent “snowflake sensitivity.”
“Also, Mr. Natale, if you’re going to ask us to do you a favor and take the signs down, do humanity a favor and take your Trump signs down. Finally, if you are going to say signs exhibit ‘snowflake sensitivity,’ take a moment to think about how you are writing an angry letter to a newspaper about a lawn sign.”
Matthew Segal, legal director of the ACLU Massachusetts, tweeted a photo of Macaunucco’s letter printed in the paper.
Local paper published a letter criticizing "Hate Has No Home Here" signs.— Matthew Segal (@segalmr) April 29, 2017
This response from a *7th grader* is ??. pic.twitter.com/dTJWel2azV
Many of the responses were from people who didn’t believe a seventh-grader wrote the letter on his own, but others applauded the kid's writing skills and the sentiments he shared.
Some folks are saying that a 7th grader couldn't have written the letter. This is his mother's response?? https://t.co/U0rsxytvcK— Matthew Segal (@segalmr) May 1, 2017
Whether he had help or not, Macanucco’s clap back is nothing short of brilliant — and that isn’t up for debate.