Respond to hatred with love, not hate

first_imgYou were right to speak out against the KKK in your Feb. 18 editorial.You were right to support the Feb. 14 vigil in Saratoga Springs that publicly denounced the hateful messages of the KKK.But you seem to have missed the point of holding that vigil on Valentine’s Day, which celebrates the spirit of love.Instead, you recommend responding to KKK hatred with more hatred: “Stomp them into the dirt.”KKK bigots are already in the dirt, having dug themselves in with irrational fear and hatred. A loving response would be to help lift them out of the dirt, to show them there is no reason to fear and no one who deserves their hate.Acknowledging the essential humanity even of our enemies is the first step toward building the “beloved community” to which Martin Luther King Jr. and other prophets of social justice have pointed.No human being belongs in the dirt.Terry DiggorySaratoga SpringsThe writer is one of the coordinators of the Saratoga Immigration Coalition.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img

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