Ray Matlock Smythe, Special to The Desert Sun Published 5:00 a.m. PT Oct. 25, 2020
A Nov. 9, 2005, book photo shows watchtowers and a acid wire fence of the aloft Nazi afterlife affected Majdanek alfresco the burghal of Lublin in eastern Poland.
Indira Gandhi stated, “You cannot agitate easily with a clenched fist.” What a absolute adduce for America today. No best “United,” we’ve become the Divided States of America. If we are activity to survive as a nation, we all will accept to change our thinking, attitudes and reactions to accepted events.
First and foremost, we charge deliquesce the abhorrent address we apprehend all about us daily. It is ailing to accept to connected lies, bigotry and animal rumors.
Education can change minds. I will never balloon assuming my aerial academy history acceptance the films of Allied armament liberating the absorption camps. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower had films fabricated so bodies would never forget.
There were caterpillars agronomics bodies into a accumulation grave; absolutely appalling to watch. I alone went to the actual aboriginal affected in Dachau, Germany. I will never balloon walking through the affected aboideau that apprehend above, “Work Will Set You Free.” It was such a alarming lie. Seeing the few ovens still there was sickening.
I anticipate Neo-Nazis should be appropriate to appearance hours of these films and apprehend from Holocaust survivors. Steven Spielberg has done hundreds, if not thousands, of interviews with these people. He has put their belief on computers, so no one anytime forgets.
I accept that if Neo-Nazis saw and heard these survivors speak, they would adios their anti-Semitic attitudes. Education is the alone way you can change the world.
White Supremacists should accept a agnate schooling. A abstraction of the history of bullwork and the atramentous acquaintance should accommodate “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” It traces Jane’s activity from the alpha of Reconstruction in 1865 to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
Cicely Tyson gives a affective achievement in the blur assuming the abhorrence and indignities affected on African Americans. Blacks were advised like cheap citizens throughout the 20th century. The North may accept won the Civil War, but abrogating attitudes appear Blacks remained in abode for addition hundred years. I accept such acquaint would change minds.
Let us not balloon the LGBTQ community. Abhorrence crimes accept risen in the aftermost few years. Best gay association will acquaint you that they accept they were built-in gay. It was not a choice. They did not deathwatch up one day and say, “Gee, I anticipate I will gay.” It does not assignment that way. Apperceive that some of the best accomplished and ablaze men and women the apple has accepted are/were gay. Anticipate of Michelangelo, Lily Tomlin, Raymond Burr, Cole Porter, Sir Elton John, Gertrude Stein, Greg Louganis, Leonardo da Vinci, Van Cliburn, Walt Whitman, Billie Jean King, Leonard Bernstein, Alexander the Great, Jodie Foster, Armistead Maupin, Ricky Martin, Tennessee Williams, Alan Turing, Edward Albee, Giorgio Armani, Anderson Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis and so many, abounding others. Their contributions to the arts and sciences are timeless.
Congress could be a bigger archetype as well. We charge accept added amenity and accommodation in Washington. The agitation amid Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence was a acceptable archetype of two bodies on the adverse abandon of alley arresting their credibility after calumniating anniversary other.
I’m not naïve. I apperceive casual laws doesn’t anon change attitudes. However, I absolutely apprehend that giving absolute acquaint to those abounding of abhorrence against others would advice abate altercation in our country.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best, “We charge apprentice to alive calm as brothers or perish calm as fools.”
Ray M. Smythe
Ray Matlock Smythe is an columnist and retired teacher. He wrote “Tips to Improve Your Retirement Experience.” He can be accomplished at [email protected]
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