During this time of crisis, some have cited Pearl Harbor. That citation does have validity but, I’d like to remind people of another event in World War II that we should remember.
I remember as a kid being taught about the US internment camps. Citizens of Japanese descent were forcibly rounded up and imprisoned during World War II. US citizens were imprisoned simply because of their ethnicity. It was an act of fear and stupidity and it diminished us.
I’ve been reading news that this ugly bigotry is on the rise again. People are being singled out for harassment and attacks by stupid, cowardly fools because of skin color, clothing or religious beliefs, real or imagined.
A lot of folks are asking themselves what they can do to help the country now. I’ve decided that my job is to stop this kind of hatred, if and whenever or wherever I see it, and to offer support to my local Muslim community.
Diversity is strength. Anyone who attacks that, is no patriot. Salaam. Shalom. Peace.