Indeed, racism and bias and prejudice of all manner can be found in our country.
Preconceived opinions about another that are based on race, or ethnicity, or religion, or sexual orientation…are horrible and their increase, in the past few years, is frightening!
The Chabad synagogue in Poway, California where a woman was killed and the rabbi was shot in the hand and two others people received shrapnel wounds.
Antisemitism is on a hideous rise in our country!
‘The Charleston church shooting was a mass shooting in which Dylan Roof, a 21 year old white supremacist, murdered nine African Americans during a prayer service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on the evening of June 17, 2015. Wikipedia
‘A mass shooting occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Texas, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of the city of San Antonio, on November 5, 2017. The gunman, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley of nearby New Braunfels, killed 26 and injured 20 others.’ Wikipedia
‘The attack was the deadliest mass shooting in Texas and the fifth-deadliest mass shooting in the United States.’ Wikipedia
There were many caucasian congregants murdered at First Baptist in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Recently, I heard a person state that a predominately caucasian church was, virtually safe, from terrorist activity….
No one is safe from the mindless evil of terrorism!
Often we form an opinion of others, who look different than us, or who worship in another manner, or for who they love…when we have not taken the time to know the person!
No race should be judged…good or bad…caring or not-caring…enlightened or seated in prejudice…by the color of their skin!
Many years ago I was a leader of a housekeeping crew. Ruth, a wonderful, older, member of the staff cleaned the auditorium in the Engineering and Technology building. One night I entered the auditorium, prior to it being maintained, and I read, on the chalkboard, a note to the janitor to bring the umbrella that they had stolen from, the person writing the note, back!
Ruth was one of the most honest and upright people that I had ever known!
The vice chancellor for diversity at SIUC…lectured me, many years ago, on how I should treat the crew leader that I had assigned to Anthony Hall. He informed me of her intelligence and her volunteer work and her value to me and the Building Services organization. The vice chancellor as well as the crew leader were African American. I told the vc that I was the one who had placed, Marva, in Anthony Hall…due to my extreme confidence in her and that I had a great appreciation for all of her abilities!
We must strive to not paint any group with a broad and all encompassing brush!