7th Grader Responds Perfectly To An Adult Who Criticized 'Hate Has No Home Here' Signs

Talk about eloquent.

In theory, adults are often viewed as wiser than kids, but sometimes that's just not the case. Need proof? Allow us to introduce you to a seventh grader named Luke, who is being praised on social media for clapping back at an intolerant man in a respectful and pragmatic way.

Per HelloGiggles, Luke, who lives in Winchester, Massachusetts, wrote to his local paper after the paper published a letter from another resident named John Natale, who was very bothered by the "Hate Has No Home Here" signs he began seeing in his neighborhood. 

In his impassioned letter, Natale wrote, in part, "Your 'Hate' sign is totally uncalled for because it says that Winchester has a hate problem. 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 added, "Please do yourself and the rest of us a favor. Pull up your sign and hang it in your living room where you and your family alone may stare at it and love it. And spare the rest of us the annoyance of looking at it."

Natale, who claims he was the victim of hate because his car and property were vandalized on account of his pro-Trump stance, concludes, "I believe the 'Hate has no place in this home' lawn signs are self-righteous, exhibit snow-flake sensitivity, and they achieve nothing."

Well, Luke had a completely different view of the situation. The middle schooler's complete response, seen below, comes to us courtesy of Twitter user Matthew Segal, who just so happens to be the Legal Director of ACLU Massachusetts.


Calling Natale's letter a "colossal misunderstanding" of the situation, Luke first clarifies the meaning of the signs. "Those people who have chosen to place a 'Hate Has No Home Here' sign on their lawn are standing behind their belief that the country should be free of hate," he explains, refuting Natale's argument that the signs are referring to Winchester specifically.

The seventh grader then goes on to address Natale's concerns one by one, noting he's experienced hate in his community after "getting called homosexual slurs by students and adults alike."

The Boston Globe reports the LGBT community has been a common target for hate acts in Massachusetts' capital city, which is just a few miles away from Luke's hometown of Winchester. According to the publication, the number of reported hate crimes and bigoted actions in 2016 against the LGBT community surpassed those aimed at Muslims, Jews, Latinos, and Asians combined, though reports of hateful acts in Boston overall, declined. 

"Those people who have chosen to place a 'Hate Has No Home Here' sign on their law are standing behind their belief that the country should be free of hate," Luke wrote, adding later, "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."

Now that's what we call a clapback.

Luke's eloquent response to Mr. Natale has been met with praise on Twitter, as seen below:

And even though some people believe there's no way a seventh grader could've written such a poignant missive, Luke's mom insists the powerful response was all her son's doing. 

The paper that published Luke's letter stands behind him as well

Keep up the good work, Luke!


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