No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
The US is no stranger to bigotry. In Europe it was not only the poor that was attacked. For the times there was much going on as to what the people wanted to do, and what their Country allowed them to do. After the new land was found Europe sent their poor to America, or the ones they no longer wanted to deal with along with those willing to brave the new world. They all had pet peeves, bad habits, and ideas on how they wanted America to look. As soon as those white men hit the beaches of the new land they were plotting getting rid of the Indians. First the Indians because in white mans eyes they were savages, next the black slaves because Lincoln later freed them and white men called them ignorant. Yep…there was a lot of hate going on for that. White men ruled the world, and back then women were considered too weak.
Jews in Germany
Next up were the Jews in Germany and the U.S. people took a stand 60+% said they didn’t want to help the Jews, and not even the children. The fact is most Western countries regarded the plight of Jewish refugees with skepticism or unveiled bigotry. No matter the alarming rhetoric of [Adolf] Hitler’s fascist state — and the growing acts of violence against Jews and others — popular sentiment in Western Europe and the United States was largely indifferent to the plight of German Jews in World War I.
Next up are the Chinese. When the Gold Rush ended, Chinese Americans were considered cheap labor. The Chinese found employment as farmhands, gardeners, domestics, laundry workers, and most famously, railroad workers. In the 1860s, it was the Chinese Americans who built the Transcontinental Railroad. By the 1870s, there was widespread economic depression in America and jobs became scarce. Hostility had been growing toward the Chinese American workers. By 1882, things got so bad that Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, virtually banning all Chinese immigration into the United States. It was only in 1943, when China became America’s ally in World War II, that congress finally repealed the Exclusion Act. In other words, the people of the U.S. blamed all their problems on the Chinese, and it wasn’t lifted until the American people and the Government realized they needed Chinese help during World war II. So all of a sudden they liked the Chinese. Selective convenience anyone?
Japanese were not spared either, and their plight in the U.S. is following along with the plight of immigrants today. Back in WW2 Japanese were rounded up all over the US and held in internment camps. The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation and incarceration in concentration camps in the western interior of the country of between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom lived on the Pacific coast. Their treatment was the same as today to the immigrants, but only so far as treatment because the Japanese were American Citizens. They were kept in isolated camps located in areas hard to get too or leave. Immigrants are not US citizens, and many today say we owe the immigrants nothing, if they want in they have to abide by the law. But many of the immigrants are coming from hostel Nations, and instead of their own Nations fixing the problems, they are forced to leave instead.
The U.S. Today
Today it is poor, black, Muslim, uneducated, LGBTQ+ gender, immigrant, well too many to list because it is anyone that is different from a white male.
Every one of us here today is special because we are all Americans. It is what many countries of people want to be is American, and why they die trying to get here. Don’t allow their dangerous travel to America to be no better than what they left behind. The United States is not a third world country, and should not act like one. They put their lives on the line, and except for US Veterans today, not too many American citizens can say they have done the same.
Combating hate requires increasing interactions between groups of people who may not be familiar with one another. Coming together during worship is a good start. Finding a common ground, and helping each other is a good way of showing you really had no reason to hate in the first place. Covered dish events, visits to their Church unannounced on Sunday morning, and helping during a need is the best way to end bigotry. Heard another Church is having a covered dish this coming Saturday or Sunday? Grab your own congregation, each grab a covered dish and head to their event.
It appears to be working in areas across America. But there is other ways too. Don’t ask for gender or race on applications. Don’t allow your employees to judge someone simply because of their name, or address. Pass laws in your cities that make asking these questions illegal. Next go after your State.
Finally, When you see bigotry, then say something, but stay safe. People can get past the patterns of hate only if you practice what you preach. If you see bigotry don’t hang your head down towards the ground and say nothing. Hold it up high and call bigotry what it is.