The time is past due; today, I must express my Very Deepest Concern.
I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I am the son of a refugee who arrived on a boat, and who feared her whole life being “sent back.”
I am someone who, at a young age, was separated from my own family.
When we moved to the suburbs, my first experience – at age 2 – was to be beaten by older kids due to my family’s religion.
Yet, from a young age, I was so very fortunate to be the recipient of the kindness of strangers.
Hatred and Hate Speech are a disease; they are poisonous to the soul, and to the soul of a nation, indeed, to the world.
I don’t have any intention of getting involved in politics of any kind, and I don’t mean to take “sides” of any kind.
But I feel I must express my view publicly that those who practice hatred and hate speech must be denounced for it, must be isolated from those of us who just want to live and let live, to help ourselves, help those we love, and help our neighbors and friends at work.
Separating children from their parents is, perhaps, the most hateful thing I can imagine. The pain lasts a lifetime. “Go back where you came from” is a close second.
If the economy is so good, why in the world do we need to cut off food assistance to those among us who are hungry?
All forms of hate; all forms of hate speech. I condemn them, and those who practice them, and I ask you to do what you can do to condemn them, as well.
When my son, Sam, was in 6th grade he was assigned to do a report on what the world’s religions had in common. He found the answer in just three words: “The Golden Rule.”
It is in every great book. Without Exception.
What is taking place is wrong, very wrong. And it will only get worse if we are silent. We should not permit such shameful and sinful behavior in our names.
Sorry for the “rant,” but Dignity is what this blogsite stands for, and Dignity at Work, in particular. That is my life’s work, too. It is a core value, nothing less. We need to live and work together.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr
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