Something poisonous in the air
In addition to the vandalism reported in the Feb. 28 Politics & the Nation article “Philadelphia police probe toppling of 100 headstones at Jewish cemetery,” the Jewish community center here in Asheville, N.C., received a bomb threat last week, a rather unusual occurrence in a town known nationally for its embrace of diverse beliefs and peoples. Personally, I think a line can be drawn from the White House to the incident here, as well as similar ones around the nation. All bets are off as to just how far this ugly trend may go and what other groups may be targeted.
But it will go on, of this I feel certain. I fear there’s something poisonous in the air that wasn’t there before, or, if it was, hadn’t been given license to express itself so openly. President Trump’s recent condemnations of “hate and evil” ring hollow in my ears. It’s a bit like a man accusing others of being a health risk to the community while refusing to acknowledge he and those closest to him may be a major carrier of contagion.
Joe Elliott, Asheville, N.C.