Break cy­cle of hate in the US

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - LETTERS -

Dear Edi­tor,

We are sad­dened by the tragedies of hate crimes in US — Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­va­nia, last Satur­day, and in Jef­fer­son­town, Ken­tucky, last week Wed­nes­day.

Our souls grieve for the fam­i­lies, the com­mu­ni­ties, and the coun­try.

In the United States, the most ad­vanced democ­racy in the world, we have fallen off track. We are hur­dling towards a path of es­ca­lat­ing hate, led by the twin evils of anti-semitism and racism.

As we learn more about the per­pe­tra­tor who en­tered the Tree of Life syn­a­gogue yelling “All Jews Must Die”, we re­alise that his hate grew over time. He was mak­ing threats on so­cial me­dia over a month be­fore the shoot­ing. Along with vir­u­lent dis­plays of anti-semitism, other posts re­peated stan­dard White su­prem­a­cist slo­gans. The main photo on his so­cial me­dia page was of the num­ber 1488 — a com­mon White su­prem­a­cist nu­mer­i­cal sym­bol.

Like­wise, in Ken­tucky, ha­tred ap­par­ently in­spired a man to mur­der a black man and then a black woman at a Kroger gro­cery store. Re­port­edly, the shooter at­tempted an at­tack on an African Amer­i­can church, and when that failed, he in­dis­crim­i­nately killed the first black peo­ple he could find.

We are in a cy­cle of hate that needs to be bro­ken, be­cause, if left unchecked, it in­vari­ably leads to deadly con­se­quences. When one of us is threat­ened, all of us are threat­ened. Now is the time for all good peo­ple, in­clud­ing the silent ma­jor­ity, to stand to­gether in sol­i­dar­ity against evil.

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