I have copied, edited and now share this message inspired from a friend. Much truth in these lines:
“You know what worries me? It’s not just that a group of racist idiots lit some tiki torches and decided to have a rally.
I worry that on Monday they went back to their job in human resources and decided who gets hired and who gets fired.
They put their uniform back on and pretend to “serve and protect.”
They sit on a jury and decide the fate of a young person of color.
They serve in political offices making public policy.
They teach in a kindergarten class.
They sit across from a couple who came to this country, worked hard and saved, and have the power to approve or deny them a loan to purchase their first home.
They decide an insurance claim.
They give an estimate to repair the brakes on a mother’s only mode of transportation to get to work each day.
Apart from lamenting the fact that racists feel emboldened to parade in the street, I lament that racists have, do, and will apply their racist beliefs in their daily lives and, by extension mine, and they don’t carry a banner to distinguish themselves while doing so.
All the threats–both the theatrical and especially the practical–worry me.
Yet, I am encouraged by the words of Nelson Mandela as quoted by President Barack Obama in the wake of the Charlottesville atrocities, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
Dr. Aidsand F. “Ace” Wright-Riggins – Candidate for Mayor