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We must influence good in our day-to-day lives

It was good to read about the rallies against hate that took place in Marietta and Parkersburg recently, I thank them for their good example. As this country continues its sad downhill slide, people of conscience are faced with two choices. We can remain silent, thereby enabling the destruction of all that we hold dear, or we can make a firm stand, rooted in love, against those who are determined to bring about that destruction.

One thing I know for sure; the KKK and the Neo-Nazis do not speak for me, I don’t look down on anyone. Neither do I look up to anyone, I look straight across at everyone. We the people, of the United States of America, are all equal in every way that counts. And coming from immigrant ancestry, as does everyone in this country who isn’t Native-American, how can I claim that my race is the only true American one?

The success of groups such as the KKK relies on their ability to influence their members to shun those who are different. This keeps them from getting to know about and appreciate the diversity in this country, the beautiful mosaic that we truly are.

Without any leadership from our government right now, it’s left to each of us to do what we can in our day-to-day lives to be a good influence on those around us. Acting from love we can refuse to be drawn into hatred; we can even reach out to those for whom hating has become a way of life. They are just as much a part of our family as are those people who agree with us.

We can look to the past for guidance as well. Nonviolent resistance, coming from love, was the way of Gandhi and Martin Luther King.

They knew that answering hate with hate, and violence with violence, only makes a bad situation far worse, it is only love that can save us. Let us take courage from their great example, hold fast to the love in our hearts, and endeavor to persevere.

Regina Carpenter

Little Hocking

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