Diversity: America's Heartbeat
On Sunday, April 13, 2014, the eve of Passover for the Jewish faith and Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week for Christians, a 73-year-old Ku Klux Klan member reminded the world of the destructive history of hate. This extremist, who possessed a long history of involvement with white supremacists as well as a propensity for violence, released his rage.
The mad-man, accused of killing three people including a 14-year-old Eagle Scout and his 69-year-old grandfather, at two Jewish Centers in Kansas had a history replete with organizing armed militias, plotting to kill and stockpiling military grade weapons.
As he was taken into custody by law enforcement, for what will be persecuted as hate crimes, he reportedly yelled a phrase associated with the evil of the Nazi regime, words not worthy of being repeated in this column.
A Celebration of Diversity
Prior to the Seder, a representative of the Anti-Defamation League explained the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. Contradicting their hatred, he shared these treasured words of Emma Lazarus inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty:
Testimonials were then shared including a young man who spoke about the heartbreak of seeing his mother arrested as they attempted to enter America from Mexico. This young man went on to proudly become an American citizen and applied to become a member of the United States Army. Another young man stated there are no complaints about immigration as American’s enjoy the fruits and vegetables harvested through the labor and sweat of immigrants working on farms.
After the war, Shelly and his family came to America. Years later, he mustered enough courage to go back to his home town in the Ukraine to find Anton. He found him and brought him to live with him and his family in America, a country whose appreciation for diversity is the heartbeat of the nation and the world.
As published in Vincent’s weekly column for the Epoch Times on Thursday, April 17, 2014. This is an abbreviated version of his published article titled Appreciating Diversity: Reawakening the Heart of America which was published in the New Jersey Police Chief Magazine, May/June 2007 edition.
International and American Flags in Rockefeller Center (Vincent J. Bove)
Liberation Monument in Jersey City (Bill Kimbark)