“We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” — MLKing

 

 

Thursday’s sickening shooting of a security guard at Washington’s Holocaust Museum brings up a lot of simmering issues.

The New York Times

OPINION   | June 13, 2009
Op-Ed Columnist:  Hate in a Cocoon of Silence
By CHARLES M. BLOW

…….Just as disturbing as the incidents themselves are the lineups of family, friends and neighbors who emerge to talk about the vitriol they heard and the warning signs they saw. I always want the interviewer to stop and ask them this simple question: “And when he said or did that, how did you respond?”

I would ask: What did you say or do as the shooters retreated into their xenophobic silo and consumed the bile slouching about the Internet? What did you say or do as the darkness in their hearts obscured the light of their reasoning, and the vacuum of hate consumed them? ……..