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COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
These photographs are proof of what happens when bigotry, fanaticism and blind obedience go unchecked.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
In 1944, a courageous band of artists at the Nazi concentration camp Theresienstadt cobbled together a play inspired by the joke—a black comedy entitled The Last Cyclist, in which bicycle riders are blamed for all of civilization’s woes and are hunted down and killed, one by one.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
When I was traveling through Arkansas with a business partner, our host pointed out a burned-out establishment and proclaimed it was “Jew fire,” implying it was arson for profit, set to collect insurance proceeds.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
The Jews, then, were set apart in the ancient world, a factor that worked both for them—preserving a unique and imperishable identity—and against them, making them stand out as “different,” and hence a people to be watched closely and suspiciously.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
One diplomat in particular, a Japanese man by the name of Chiune Sugihara, worked day and night, against the wishes of his government, to personally rescue more than 2,000 Jews. He paid for it by spending the rest of his days carrying other people’s bags as a harbor porter—a life sentence of back-breaking labor as the reward for a man with a heart of gold who deserved the world.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
We do not have to hate each other, we do not have to fight, we do not have to natter and criticize and we do not have to be as desperately unhappy as so many of us are when filled with disgust for our fellow man.
COMBATING BIGOTRY & HATE
From the perspective of this planet and possibly the whole universe, then, Hate has existed for less time than it takes to boil an egg.