What a Summer!
Labor Day has come and the summer is almost unofficially over. What a summer it was! The news never stopped startling—international, national and local happenings. While we catch our breath, we can see a vista in front of us—what it will bring, how it will affect us or how we’ll react, we can’t quite make it out. But, ready we’ll be.
Amongst the many startling events of the summer were the despicable acts of hate in Charlottesville and the reactions (or non-reactions) by some. When it comes to bias, prejudice or hatred there can be no moral equivalency or equivocation. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
In August, the Mid-Island Y-JCC hosted a Break the Hate rally to demonstrate against hatred and to promote tolerance and respect among all people, of all faiths, colors and backgrounds. The auditorium was standing room only.