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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, M 12 ARCH 26-APR. 1, 2021
Photo by Gabriele Holtermann
BY BRONX TIMES
Arguably, the worst aspect of our
modern era is the politicization of both
a global pandemic and of hate.
The issues of our health and respect
of one another in society should
be a universally shared belief, regardless
of race, creed, color or party affi liation.
We should want to protect each
other from a plague; we should want to
stop spreading hate and instead promote
kindness and justice for all.
But that’s not where we are in
America in 2021. We are a society split
in two factions: those who respect
each other, and those who only respect
themselves. One side cares to solve
two of the biggest issues of our time;
the other side couldn’t care less about
Look at the rash of hate crimes targeting
Asian Americans both in New
York and throughout the country.
Slurs that the former president trumpeted
throughout the COVID-19 pandemic
last year fueled an ugly backlash
that continues to this day.
Over the weekend, as hundreds
protested the most recent rash of hate
crimes, an elderly man was beaten up
by a bigot on the Lower East Side; and
a protester was attacked by a hatefi
lled brute in NoHo who stomped on
the sign she carried, then punched her
repeatedly in the face.
It’s refl ective of the kind of ignorance
that has permeated the country
during the pandemic. The simple act of
wearing a mask to protect other people
was wrongly confl ated into a debate
over personal freedom. Business closures,
painful as they were, were also
roped into the false debate.
And there fi gures to be more ignorance
to come now with media outlets
reporting on what they’ve dubbed
as “the crisis on the border.” It is indeed
a humanitarian crisis, but the
response to this is not one of concern
over the welfare of migrants coming
The same people on the right who
condoned the former administration’s
jailing of immigrant children are
again smearing migrants on our border
as some sort of foreign invasion to
be stopped. That will only kindle more
acts of hatred in this country — and
they don’t seem to care.
Enough is enough!
We cannot allow this ignorance to
continue. We must rise up and drown
Speak up, New York! Say no to hate,
ignorance and bloodshed. Say yes to
unity, justice, tolerance and equality.
Put an end to ignorance
in New York City