To the editor:
I have just finished reading Across that Bridge by John Lewis, United States Congressman from Georgia - recommended reading for everyone. Mr. Lewis, a Civil Rights leader in his own right, reflected on then and now. He asked the questionwhere do you stand?
I stand AGAINST hate speech. I stand AGAINST mean-spirited people who refuse to compromise.
I stand FOR equal rights for all. I stand FOR women's rights. I stand FOR extending a helping hand to the least of us. I stand FOR strong education for all. I stand FOR healthcare for all. I stand FOR listening to one another and looking at all sides of the issue. I stand FOR doing all of this and more in a world of hate speech. Folks who are rude and mean-spirited just for the sake of it I ignore.
Most important for me in this difficult time of hate speech and rude words and jokes I STAND with the president. Many folks deny that they are a racist but daily use hate speech and rude words about the president. If you disagree with him on policy, make it about the policy.
Mr. Lewis talks in his book of having faith and standing by what you believe in. When folks are mean-spirited and use hate speech he remembers this simple line This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine. It is OK to take a different point of view on something, that is what built this great country, but have faith in your belief. You don't need to use hate speech and rude jokes to make your point.
STAND for something, have faith in your belief. And when someone is rude about your point of view, just smile and hum This little light of mine, I'm going to let shine.