Letter: Don’t accept hatred
I was born in 1950, just a few short years after the end of WWII. The extent of the atrocities was still being revealed. My maternal grandparents were first-generation German immigrants and ashamed of their heritage. They hid their knowledge of the language and forbade their grandchildren to speak it. To be even remotely associated with Hitler and his government of terror and hatred was unthinkable.
Now we have Donald Trump here in the land of the free and the brave. I am appalled at the hateful and ignorant diatribe that he has been allowed to introduce into our political debate. If elected, he has promised to treat our Hispanic citizens and guests to the kind of inhumane treatment that we fought against just 60 years ago. His popularity sends shivers down the spine of our most vulnerable people, no matter what their nationality.
Like the civilized world did with Hitler in the 1930s, I have been tempted to dismiss Trump as a pompous crackpot who would never appeal to sensible voters. I see now that it would be disastrous to assume that he will just go away. Good-hearted people everywhere need to speak out. Let the rest of the world know that this is not what America has become.
We are a beacon to the world as the home of justice and freedom. We cannot let a small-minded few dominate our national conversation. If we sit idly by and do nothing (as I was tempted to do) we could end up with the same horrible consequences that Germany and Japan are still trying to live down.
Hatred is never the answer.
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