We Need to Learn
Detours in Life
Some difficult parenting moments? The mother and grandmother thought for a moment and then spoke. “My now grown daughter’s favorite animal is the bunny and I still remember trying to explain to her as a seven-year-old why the neighbors poisoned her two pet bunnies because we were biracial. A few months later, coming home from church to find front door shattered because I put up a mezuzah on the inside casing of our front door, a gift from Jewish friends. KKK neighbors ramming our old Dodge van and then sitting outside our house holding automatic assault rifles.”
The Rt. Ref Steven Charleston writes: “We have seen those faces before, the ones at Charlottesville, the faces contorted by hate, the faces twisted into anger or frozen into ignorance. They were shouting. They were screaming for the pleasure of having someone to blame. We have seen those faces before at other times, on other streets, but the results are always the same. There is no compromise with this kind of hate. No appeasement or denial. Prejudice to this point is virulent and must be confronted head on. The faces at Charlottesville tell us why. They are images of what cruelty can become when it is left unchallenged, unnamed and under estimated.”
Color is not a right. Color is a hue, shading that adds interest, not detracts from one’s unalienable rights given by God and the law. This was affirmed in the Declaration of Independence. Racism is the opposite of patriotism. Whether it is called racism or terrorism, whether its cause is religious discrimination or racial discrimination, it accomplishes nothing and it based on even less.
Someone once asked me if I believed in the Devil, a capitalized name. I believe in evil. The history of the world tells us it exists. It can live in each of us if we allow it. Life happens and we do not always like it. We look for answers and sometimes, instead prefer to seek blame.
There is no basis for discrimination. There is a great deal of evidence for the foundation of love and what it can accomplish. Screaming hatred and spewing unfounded insults accomplishes nothing. Positive action to improve the world does. When will we ever learn this?