NO MORE HATE

NO MORE HATE

NO MORE HATE

We’ve always had haters. But in the last few decades we were beginning to evolve towards a more educated and tolerant nation. There were those in the media who helped that considerably. One of my heroes, Gene Roddenberry, showed people of color in places of power, something completely new that opened people’s mind to the reality that race is just a social construct. Archie Bunker showed us the ugliness and ignorance of bigotry. ‘WILL AND GRACE’ (the old one) showed us that gay people were just people. The LGBTQ community lost at least some of the fear of living their lives as their true selves and more and more of them were able to come out of the closet. As for the border and our friends down in Mexico, we didn’t give it much thought. It was a cool place to visit. The people were friendly. We were beginning to learn something that any evolved species eventually understands, that the color of one’s skin or their ethnicity or sexual orientation or gender are just attributes that make each person unique. People are just people under the skin.

Then came Trump.

Crimes incited by hate are rising steeply, according to a Justice Department survey of major cities.  According to new data “hate crime totals for the 20 largest cities rose for four straight years to the highest level in a decade, rising 12% just last year.” One report found an 86% increase in hate crimes against LGBTQ people in 2017.  Anti-Semitic incidents have increased dramatically, up 57% in just the last year according to the Anti-Defamation League. Ironically, other crimes like regular violent crimes and property crimes decreased.

Something changed and that something is the ‘leader of the free world’ who spouts hate and vitriol and bigotry at every turn. He’s made it okay for haters to come out into the open and flaunt their hate and even act on it. We need him out of office.

We’ve always had haters. But Trump is giving license to their hate and emboldening them to act as though their hate is justified and normal. We can’t let that happen.

Somehow, love must trump hate, no matter what we’re up against. Progressives unite; push forward. Save the future.