This is a followup to my previous article about Charlottesville….
The white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12 were there to spew hate. The people who gathered to protest their rally were there to let them know there is no place in America for this kind of hate. Both groups stood ready to fight for their beliefs.
Two forces, believing in the First Amendment, our right to speak, then took it to a different level. With blood. Force. Violence. Murder.
What the world witnessed was violence. Hate. Intolerance. Death.
Then Hurricane Harvey hit with the force that only nature can conjure. People’s homes and lives were swept away. People from around the U.S. immediately went into action to see how they could help through donations and volunteering to save lives.
What the world witnessed was hope. Kindness. Heroism. Faith.
People came together to help from this large melting pot of people from all races, religions, cultures, we call America. Some say we have never have been more polarized. Some people only see the worst in others.
Yet I believe the majority of people in America are the ones who pray or give of their time and money to help others. Of course, the media does not focus on these actions. Why should they?
It seems as though the media only thinks the news is “newsworthy” when there is violence and hatred.
Yet we are seeing amazing feats of heroism from ordinary people posted by ordinary people. People who capture the images of those who may not be trained in saving lives, but who are there doing just that.
Across America, people who are struggling financially are donating what they can to help the victims. People who believe in the goodness of others look beyond the color of someone’s skin, their religious and cultural beliefs, and know we are sisters and brothers.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in this world.” Let each person who embraces a world of peace … a world of inclusion …a world of tolerance raise their voice to be heard and continue to help those who need help so desperately. These are true Americans.