We Cant Let Fear and Hate Divide Us

We Cant Let Fear and Hate Divide Us

If we let fear divide us then we will hate each other and when that happens we are doomed

Monday we saw a failed terrorist attack take place in a busy subway station in New York City. The perpetrator, whose name I refuse to utter or write out of the principle of not giving him martyrdom thanks to his attack, apparently wrote on facebook, the morning of the attack, “Trump you failed to protect your nation.” The man has been in the process of radicalization since as far back as 2014 at least and has been inspired by ISIS to attempt this attack on the United States. At a basic level I can understand the anger that people like this could feel towards America. Our president constantly berates Islam and makes them all out to be evil, he has attempted on many occasions to ban Muslims from entering the country and as of late has succeeded in banning some. To any Muslim that already felt left out by us as a country this would only fuel the fires of hate. But killing solves nothing.

Killing innocent people or attempting to kill innocent people in this case only further spreads the divide between Islam and the rest of the world. Those who are not already radicalized should not be allowing themselves to become radicalized and we should not be assuming that all Muslims are radical just like we don't assume all Christians are in the KKK. People cannot let fear and hate divide us. No one wins when fear and hate rule the day. Trump and ISIS have that in common in that they both use fear and hatred as tools to control us. The only way we win is if we do not let people like them feed off of our hatred and fear.

We got lucky on Monday, this terrorist attack could have been devastating. All five people who were injured have since been treated and everyone is okay, there is no lasting damage in the tunnel and no one died. It could have been worse, this should be a wake up call, this should show us all that we are stronger when we stand together and letting fear divide us will only hurt us in the end. This battle cannot be won with guns, or bombs, or knives. The more we use military options against ISIS, especially those that cost civilians their lives, the more we radicalize the middle east. And, the more followers of Islam that let themselves be radicalized and carry out attacks like the one we saw in New York on Monday, the more Americans will begin to believe that Islam is a blood-thirsty religion. The only way we bridge this divide is by talking, and the only way we talk is if we stop fearing each other.

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Illinois Republicans Just Gave A Neo-Nazi A Major Platform

As if having a raging racist for President isn't enough.

Dictionary.com defines a neo-Nazi as a person who belongs to a political organization whose beliefs are inspired or reminiscent of Nazism. We learned about Nazis in school; they were the notorious villains of the story who came to life in a terrible, disgusting way. We learned their absolute hatred for any other race besides their own, insomuch that they murdered those they hated.

It is always a bit of a surprise to me that people who believe in this kind of hatred still exist today, simply because it seems impossible to hate someone that much. Yet society is still plagued with them, and in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, they’ve been given a microphone to express their views.

The villains that many minorities fear and continue to fear are alive and well, spreading their narrative around like wildfire, destroying everything they come in touch with.

And Illinois just made one of them extremely comfortable in one of the most powerful state positions.

70-year-old Arthur Jones became the Republican nominee for Congress in Illinois on Wednesday, upsetting many who had vehemently campaigned against his placement. Tim Schneider, the Illinois Republican Party chairman seemed to have fought the hardest, saying Jones isn’t a “real Republican” but rather a “Nazi whose disgusting, bigoted views have no place in our nation’s discourse”.

While Jones disregarded the accusations of being a Nazi, he has been an active participant in the white nationalist movement for years. He ran for mayor of Milwaukee with the National Socialist White People’s Party and runs a campaign website that features a page that disregards the Holocaust completely.

While many continue to make excuses for Trump and his entirely questionable feelings toward minorities, Jones is a Nazi through and through.

Allowing a Nazi into a position of power like Congress invites many dangerous ideals and actions into society, similar to the rise in White nationalism following Trump’s win.

After Trump’s win in the Presidential Election, hate groups have increased by four percent and white supremacist terrorism has seemed to have erupted. The largest white supremacist demonstration, Charlottesville, brought terror to minorities as it seemed the villians were trying to “take back their country”. Trump has not only refused to denounce ties with white supremacists such as former Klan leader David Duke, but has also had the audacity to surround himself with advisors that have direct ties to radicalism.

Whether you choose to see it or not, almost every shooter that has destroyed communities of schools and concert goers was a white nationalist seeking to somehow purify America. The second you hear about a shooting or a homeland terrorism attack, the first thought that pops into your head is a white nationalist.

Giving yet another Nazi a massive platform to continue to spread this kind of hatred will make things worse. We step back into a history that offers no mercy for minorities, a history that seeks to purify the natural diversity of human nature.

While nearly everyone agrees Nazis are bad news, not everyone agrees to truly recognize it. We’ve become a society that shames those who simply want validation and equal treatment. We disregard it as over-the-top and too much to ask for.

The only way to fight this hatred is recognizing what is going on and taking action about it. Don’t elect neo-Nazis, for one, and don’t perpetuate the narrative that they are harmless. Choose to love, choose to be good, fight the better fight. It’s really not that hard if you put your mind to it.

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You Shouldn't Take Part In March For Our Lives, And Here's Why

You’ll be surprised why.

There are zero reasons. We are marching for gun reform to ensure that everyone in this country is kept safe and that another tragedy like the Parkland shooting never happens again. 17 lives were lost which is 17 too many.

Please take part in history and march on March 24th. Be part of the change. In the meantime sign the petition, call your local legislators, and whatever you do, don’t stop talking about it.

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