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What is the nature of hate?  Perhaps the question is simply more existential.  Why?
So with fear and trembling, I pen this diary in a search and struggle for understanding.

On election night, just before the polls closed in Georgia, an African American church was burned by arsonists.  

Shock.  Outrage.  Disgust.  Sadness. It is futile to attempt to describe the sinking feeling and the pit of my stomach deep naseau I feel.  Nevertheless, as outraged as I am, the better angels of our nature summon the courage to turn the other cheek.   I am sharing this account because the sunlight is a most potent disinfectant for this most pernicious evil.  And also because it is a tragic reminder of both the skeletons in our national (and regional) family closet  AND how far we have come (think of what we accomplished Tuesday).

So let us resist the urge to traffic in outrage peddling and take solace in the words of the late RFK on the mindless menance of violence.

Peace and courage.

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  •  Where in Georgia was it? (0+ / 0-)

    I live in Decatur (the city, not the county).

    "Our society will not be great until every young mind is set free" - Lyndon Johnson

    by Michael Vykun on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:19:25 PM PST

  •  In the deep south there is a tradition (0+ / 0-)

    among white southerners that if any white person has been  injured (either physically, financially, or property-wise) by some unidentified Negro, and that unknown Negro cannot be found; all appropriate vengence will be visited upon any other innocent hapless Negro whose misfortune it is to stray into the path of those white people seeking revenge.

    Rural southern African American churches therefore provide easy accessible targets for outraged white racists who only know that the targeted building is an African American church. Also many of these rural churches are located in fairly isolated areas so that firebombing them becomes an easy matter for even the dumbest white racist.  

    In 2008 following Obama's historic election to the presidency, there were a series of African American church burnings at various places in the deep south. Fortunately the local police moved quickly and caught the people responsible so that the spred of the copy-cat factor of these crimes to other southern states was greatly minimized.  

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