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Rochelle Riley, an award-winning columnist in the Detroit Free Press (yes, Mitch ain't the only one), wrote about recently reported hate crimes in Michigan in her July 13, 2005 column "Hate is in the Air in State." I'd heard of all of these as they occurred, but seeing them listed in one column was sobering. Weren't we supposed to be beyond this by now? I don't think I'm all that naïve, but I would think this far into history, more progress would have been made in tolerance and acceptance.

The column only discusses Michigan, which Riley says is the most segregated state in the country. I hadn't heard this before, though I already knew we weren't one big happy diverse family. I know there are lots of stories of people working together and ignoring their differences (or using those differences to advantage not disparagement). But there are too many stories of cross burning and verbal attacks and physical harm inspired by hatred.

What has to be done to make people stop hating other groups of people? Hate crime laws don't seem to help. Desegregation orders didn't seem to help. National leaders could work more toward fighting acts of hatred, but they don't seem to be interested in that beyond airy general statements. Many liberals believe education is the answer, but there are a lot of people who don't seem to want this kind of education.

All I can come up with is for those of us who do accept and welcome groups who differ from ourselves to continue to do so, and to speak out against haters, and do what we can to prevent their actions. It'll be a long road, though. It's human nature to fear what we don't understand and fight what we don't agree with. Human nature is a tough opponent to fight.



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Jul. 18th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
What has to be done to make people stop hating other groups of people?

Release MS-Human 2.0??
Jul. 18th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
Y'know the thought of humans crashing for no apparent reason makes me want to giggle....
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