Its so very sad that we still have to worry about things like this. As a country, we've been flying high on the positive energy and hope brought about by the election and inauguration of President Barack Obama. Hell, the world celebrated this event. Yet, in the wake of this phenomenal event, I have heard about disturbing incidents of bigotry, racism, and hate crimes both here and abroad.
Just yesterday, a 22 yr old was arrested was arrested for spray painting anti-Semitic images and messages all over the Tree of Life Synagogue in Mobile, Alabama. When the man's home was searched, they found possible bomb making materials.
Last Friday, the son of a dear friend who lives in England was attacked by some teenagers. Then, over the weekend, the same kids who attacked my friend's son kept calling him and saying they were going to beat him up because his mother is a South African Bitch and his dad is German scum. When my friend saw these kid's in the neighborhood they told her, "Get the fuck out of the country, you South African Bitch."
It breaks my heart that people think its ok to attack others because of their religion, nationality, color, or any other stereotypical reason. Even if you have never had this happen to you, we all need to fight against behavior like this. As my friend Jen reminded us...remember what Pastor Neimoller said in World War II. "First, they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time, there was no one left to speak up for me."
This is a fight we all ust fight. Its so sad that it is still happening today but it is. Be aware, be vigilant, and look out for your fellow man.