For days we have been watching news outlets and social media feeds. We’ve seen the hate, violence and lawlessness. I believe all lives matter. Every life is important and one human being is not more valuable than another. One group of people is not aloft to another. Readers can scroll into the archives of anything I’ve written and see a consistent theme…my belief in the value of lives, the treasured value of human souls- all souls, from conception to death.
Hate will never win and as Americans, we need to stand up and send a strong message to every group that would seek to oppress and annihilate others. There is no room in our society for diabolical White Supremacy or any other organization, club, or assembly with similar twisted beliefs. This includes any club, coalition or clan that claims their race is superior to others.
Our country has been in turmoil now for years. During the last three to four years we have repeatedly witnessed increased violence, rioting, cities burning, businesses destroyed, murders, racial divisions and colleges and universities being vandalized. All of these tragic events are the sole responsibility of each and every person that actively engaged in them. Those individuals are responsible for their own malice and venom.
During these dark and emotional times, we can help our country. Right now is an opportune time to reach out to one another. We can create portals of light and hope. We can give reassurance to those who are afraid. We can help our cities and towns rise above the tide of fear and angst and quench unsettled anger with acts of good will toward one another.
As Americans, we have the ability to set the tone for our neighborhoods, schools, towns, cities, states, and country. We are the ones that decide what course we will take and what direction we will go in. The power is within each and every one of us to do something each day to ease the life of another.
We cannot control every act of terror and hate. However, we can and must be vigilant to help snuff out dark schemes against our fellow Americans.