The mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, on May 14 was another act of violence stemming from a white supremacist ideology.
While I hope this ideology is abhorrent to LNP | LancasterOnline readers, we have to admit that this appeals to some members of our community.
Thank you, LNP | LancasterOnline, for holding up a mirror to these developments in Lancaster County (see “Fighting to bring hate to justice” and “Alleged white nationalist out of zoning appeal” in the May 15 issue).
The US Department of Justice reported a total of 5,227 racial, ethnic, or ancestry hate crimes in 2020, a 32% increase from 2019. These events have devastating consequences, causing fear, trauma, and suffering. anxiety in entire communities.
Vincent Harding, a colleague of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., frequently asked the question, “Is America possible?” Is it possible to build a democracy that embraces a diversity of races, ethnicities, religions, languages and cultures?
Thanks to Lancaster County’s generous welcome to refugees from around the world, many have answered that question with a resounding “yes,” for which I am grateful.
Yet our nearly 250 years as a nation reveal that a truly democratic, multiracial America is not automatic, but requires the courageous and persistent work of every generation. We all have voices. May we each find the courage to stand up against the toxic divide in our human family caused by white supremacy. Only we can make America possible.