All too often those who seek to erode the humanity of others choose to inflict their hatred through targeted acts of violence – and in the last two weeks, there have been several stark reminders of this …
Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones were shot and killed in a grocery store because they were Black.
Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Merlin Wax and Irving Younger were gunned down in their synagogue because they were Jewish.
Maura Brinkley and Nancy Van Vessem were murdered at their yoga class because they were women.
All this happened during a ten-day period.
Angry, racist, misogynistic and radicalized views were weaponized through action. The men who carried out this violence, at some point, lost their humanity and lost their ability to see the humanity of others. These fissures of racial, religious and gendered hatred have always been here and will continue to be fought against. So how do we keep up the fight?
Vote people into positions of power who consistently challenge racism, hatred and oppressive violence. Vote people into positions of power who don’t hold racist, hate-filled and oppressively violent beliefs. Vote people into positions of power who stand up and speak out against racism, hatred and oppressive violence by enacting or protecting laws and policies that do the same. Vote people into power who, while offering thoughts and prayers and recognizing the importance of having difficult conversations, they actually have those conversations and put their words into action.
Vote people into positions of power who see your humanity reflected in themselves.
The midterm elections here in the U.S. are tomorrow, if you’re eligible, get out and vote. No excuses.