Have we stepped back in time? It baffles me as to how a country with access to incredible educational opportunities can be so ignorant. When I saw the news in regards to the heinous hate crime that took place in Charleston, South Carolina, I was in complete shock as the story continued to unfold. As an American citizen, it hurts my heart to think that these people, who were in what should have been a safe place were murdered solely based on the color of their skin. As a Jew, it sickens me that this type of racism still exists. As a parent, well, it’s completely unfathomable to imagine what their families and community must be going through. How do you possibly explain to your children that they must be careful and must be aware that such hatred STILL exists in today’s society? Instead of letting this bring our country down, we must join together. Blacks, whites, Jews, Asians, Muslims- anyone who has been a victim of discrimination- we must show these idiots (sorry, no better term to describe them) that we cannot be shaken. How does this translate to us? How does the trickle affect reach our families?
Teach Tolerance, Not Hate
I’ll tell you.
We can raise educated, tolerant children, and the best way to do this is by setting a good example. More often than not, actions speak louder than words. As parents, we must practice what we preach. Use this horrific act of terror as a teachable moment to show the importance of tolerance.
When unthinkable hate crimes happen in the world, or in our own backyard, they absolutely need to be discussed and debriefed so that our kids can start to understand what happens when tolerance is ignored. While it seems natural to want to protect our children from the news, we must open their eyes and allow them to see what the seeds of hate can grow. We can explain to them that even though it may be fun to tease on the playground, or poke fun at the student struggling in school, or laugh at someone’s differences, it is those little actions that grow up into larger actions such as the murder of three innocent kids based on their religious beliefs. Extreme? Maybe. But think about it, if we can urge our kids to love and accept others for who they are, the future just might be a bit brighter. If we can encourage them to celebrate differences, rather than belittle them, the world might become a better place.
It may not solve the issue of racism in our country, but if we can manage to raise a generation of more tolerant and accepting humans, it certainly is a step in the right direction.
Join in Prayer
#CAIR: Houston Interfaith Prayer Vigil to Be Held in Memory of South Carolina Shooting Victims
On Friday, June 19, an interfaith vigil and prayer service will be held in Houston, Texas, to honor the victims of yesterday’s tragic shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, S.C.
WHAT: Interfaith Vigil and Prayer Service for Victims of Charleston AME Church Shooting
WHERE: Dominican Center for Spirituality, 6501 Almeda Road, Houston, TX 77021
WHEN: Friday, June 19, 4 p.m.
CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Executive Director Mustafaa Carroll, 713-838-2247 (office), 832-549-1042 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
CAIR-Houston Communications Coordinator Ruth Nasrullah, 713-838-2247 (office), 713-585-6314 (cell), rnasrullah@cair
We will come together to pray for the shooting victims, their families and for our country. This type of apparently hate-motivated attack should not happen in today’s America.
The vigil will include prayers and statements from leaders in Houston’s interfaith community including ministers from local AME churches.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.