August 05, 2012
A couple of weeks ago when the tragic shooting occured in Colorado, I saw it posted all over facebook. As well it should have been. Today, after the tragic shooting at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, I have not noticed any friends and family commenting about this.
Is this less an atrocity than the shooting that affected mostly white Americans? I have waited and waited to post this because I am so angry and sad about the whole ordeal.
America has become a country of hate, alienating those different from what is considered the norm. America has always been a melting pot of peoples and cultures, that is what we are based upon. The Statue of Liberty welcoming immigrants to Ellis Island, says: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Have we forgotten that?
As long as there are hatemongers, politicians, the media and religious fundamentalism, spewing bigotry and hate and polarizing Americans, we cannot advance as a society. We no longer live in the Dark Ages, we live in the 21st century. Yet, here we are still afraid of other cultures, other peoples, other creeds, other ways of life. And this fear, fueled by the rhetoric of the GOP and religious fundamentalism promotes hate plain and simple.
These people murdered today were a peace loving people with the same wants and desires all of us have, they have been a part of the US for more than a hundred years and helped to build the railroads in the West.
From controversy of Chik fil a, another polarizing subject, we deduce that many people cannot stand the thought of anything other than what they think the Bible says. I believe in Chik fil a's owners right to say what he believes, I believe he has the right to donate to whom he chooses, but now that I know his bigoted beliefs he does not have the right to use my money to promote it.
What do Chik fil a and the shooting at the Sikh temple have in common? Bigotry and hate! Wake up North Americans, do not believe something just because you are told. We, as a planet, are all one, each one dependent on the other. How many years will it take until we realize we share a common humanity? How long will it take to erase hatred for those different than we are?
I am saddened, angered and embarrassed.