2017-07-13 / Opinion

No place for hate

Mary Henkel Judson

How does hatred based on race, gender, sexual orientation, politics or religion embed itself in a country that was founded on the tenets of equality that are written in its Constitution and in the laws approved by its voters? How can such hatred well up in a country that went to war to combat discrimination based on race and religion?

It is unfathomable, yet this kind of hatred has raised its ugly, menacing head in these United States of America. It is fueled by crude, insensitive, divisive, derisive and inflammatory comments on social media. It is fueled by bullying that takes place on our streets, in town hall meetings and across the Internet on a daily, almost hourly, basis.

It is shocking that this kind of hatred also is coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the halls of Congress and state houses across the country.

Observers from afar might come away with the impression that, in the United States, people of color are not safe, either from physical harm or bias. They might get the impression that, in the U.S., if you are not a Christian, and instead are a Jew, a Muslim or a Buddhist, you may be subject to discrimination at best, and at worst, your life might be in danger. They also might be struck by the disregard for, or lack of knowledge of, the history of our country by leaders in the United States and apparently ordinary citizens.

Observers also might be led to believe that bullying is an acceptable form of behavior in the U.S., and that being crude or vindictive is the norm.

An observer might also perceive a deep distrust among the inhabitants of the United States, and a failure of people of differing viewpoints to discuss their differences, then return to their daily lives, respectful of one another’s race, gender, religion and political viewpoints.

What these observers are witnessing is this: An all-out verbal and physical brawl playing out in public throughout the land of the free, the land whose Constitution includes these words: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Hate does not have a place here. Disrespect does not have a place here.

Mary Henkel Judson is editor and co-publisher of the South Jetty. Contact her at editor@portasouthjetty.com, (361) 749-5131 or P.O. Box 1117, Port Aransas, TX 78373.

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I'm disturbed and dismayed to

I'm disturbed and dismayed to read this column. I visit Port Aransas a few times a year--and it's a wonderful little place that continues to get better. I bought this issue of the South Jetty to read the story about the theft at the ARK on July 4th. The most disturbing thing I keep reading from writers of the left-wing political scene, to which Ms. Judson obviously belongs, is what haters those of us must be, simply from being supporters of Donald Trump. The scary behavior I do see, and read about, on an almost weekly basis, is the violence and intimidation on college campuses across the country towards any--any--conservative speaker who dares try and speak on campus. That's where the really ugly brawls are (Berkeley.) And the real "hate speech" ? Look to Hollywood for that.--- Madonna, Kathy Griffin, Mark Ruffio--the vulgarities never end. Suggestions of killing the President--burning down the White House. You'll find most American citizens simply want to be left to support whom they wish--without being constantly labeled "haters." And there was that infamous word--"deplorables?" It didn't serve Mrs. Clinton well. Or the country.