Last Friday, a poster outside of the West Virginia State Legislature equated US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who is one of the first Muslim Americans elected to the Congress, to the 9-11 terrorist attack.
And later same day, to his credit, the WV House Speaker Roger Hanshaw (R) issued a statement denouncing “hate in all of its forms” within the House of Delegates. However, the fact remains that politics of hate is alive and possible more prevalent than people want to admit.
The Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr had a dream about America – “that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain and the crooked places will be made straight. . .”
That one day is not today, fifty-five years later. Hate only divides. It does not unite. We still got work to do, and our struggle continues.
Can hate be “stamped” out? What else can we do?