Thoughts on Hate

The woman who works for me one day a week told me today that the Dukes of Hazzard TV show is coming back to TV.  I never watched the show when it aired in the 70’s and 80’s, but I know that there was a confederate flag in the show.

Will that flag be gone this time around?  Will the car they drive still be called General Lee?  Will Daisy Duke be as cute and sexy as the one who played her forty years ago?

Are there no new ideas in TV land?  Why are they resurrecting this show? It doesn’t seem politically correct for today.  A lot of things have happened in the last four decades that make shows of the past inappropriate for today.

If we are an all-inclusive society with no prejudice toward formerly-maligned fringe groups, then how can we support Dukes of Hazzard?  Will the show be updated and edited to make it less offensive?

On the news tonight, a local city has been vandalized with swastikas spray-painted on multiple downtown businesses.  White nationalists have crawled out of the woodwork now that our president reviles illegal immigrants.  I am struck with the irony of it all.  Who of us can say our ancestors were not immigrants?  Who of us can say we have more of a right to be here than anyone else?

When my youngest daughter complained that there were too many people in California, she was in grade school.

“Why don’t they make it so no one else can move here?” she asked.

“Would that be fair?  I asked.  “We came here from the Midwest. They let us move here.”

My daughter didn’t have an argument for that.

Woman and children are at our borders. Some have no shoes on because they wore them out coming 2000 miles from Guatemala and Honduras. They should not be treated as criminals.  Chances are they are not criminals, just desperate people trying to get to somewhere safe.  Maybe it’s the Vacation Bible School lessons in my memory that beg the question, what is wrong with this picture? Why are we releasing tear gas on children?  Why are we treating these people as bad guys when they are most likely not?

The Golden Rule from way back when was, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” What happened to that? Are people so far removed from church and the Good Book and its message that they can’t imagine themselves in a similar position, where they need help, compassion, and grace?

As one Christmas post on Facebook says, Be the light.

And Chelsea Clinton? You’ve heard of her, right?  She says she will now speak out against hatred. “I think we have to shine a light. I think those of us who have platforms to do that have to say this is wrong and unacceptable, so we don’t normalize it but try to detoxify what has been unleashed. Because if we don’t, we leave a vacuum. And I think the darkness fills that vacuum.”

No more darkness. The United States of America is better than this. Let the hate mongers crawl back into the holes they came from while the rest of us shine our light and save our two-hundred-plus-year history of leading the way for the rest of the world.




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