Pittsburgh did not occur in a vacuum. These blood soaked pages are evidence that hate’s license has been renewed in this country. Who granted this license? Who gave voice to this hate? Who gave this hate its crude language? Who gave this hate its encouragement? Who stoked the fires of racism, fear and ignorance? Who encouraged the vilest, festering shadows to come out from the places where they rightly should still be?
You know the answer to these questions. We all know the answer to these questions.
So, what do we do? Thoughts and prayers? No. We must gird ourselves with compassion and arm our minds and our hearts with all the courage we can muster and express with our words that we will condemn hate and push it back into the shadows and push it back under the slimy rocks from whence it came. It’ll take courage to stare it down, because there is no other choice. There is no solace in silence.
Wisdom from the Talmud: “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”