Some coward hung two hate filled home made signs on a footbridge spanning the highway near my Dad's house. One said KKK and the other was the confederate flag. My first thought was, "I must have seen that wrong", my second thought was, "I should call the police. Someone should take those down". My next thought was, "Duh. I'm someone. I will take those down". So I did. My heart was pounding. I had adrenaline, fear and anger pumping through me. I still do, three hours later. I was so wishing that the coward who hung those (in the dead of night, no doubt) would confront me.
How is it possible for people to rationalize hating a group of people based on a common trait? How is it possible to believe that ALL people of one type are bad, evil, etc? How is such blind hatred possible? Think about how stupid the following sounds:
~ all people with freckles are sub-human.
~ all people with curly hair are evil
~ all people with big feet are bad
If someone said any of those things, I believe that people would laugh at how ridiculous it is. Because such blanket hatred is absurd and without foundation. There are good and bad people of every shape, size, gender and color. We are all children of God, beloved by God and worthy of respect because we are made in the image and likeness of God - even that sad soul who hung those signs.
Please pray for those who are filled with blind hatred and prejudice. Please pray for those who may have seen the sign and were hurt.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us sinners.