This weekend, I am joining with other bloggers to blog against hate. I’ve been writing quite a bit about hate lately–in response to the hate that resulted in the murder of Dr. George Tiller, in response to the hate against the GLBT community in America, in response to the hate directed at women in Afghanistan, and most importantly, in response to the hate that destroys the lives of girls around the world.
Reading the above, it’s easy to believe that the world is full of hate and to forget that there is much more to the human condition. To do what I do, to be a critic of hate, I have to believe we can do better or there is no point. We can do better, but how do we so this on an individual level?
1. Don’t Ignore It
We cannot ignore hate, but we must be honest when confronting it. Most importanly, we have to bring attention to hate in a way that is productive, spawning honest discussion, not just more hateful rhetoric.
2. Be Empathetic
Hate is not always the product of hateful people. Most often, hate is a product of fear and ignorance that is then exploited by someone in power. It is the people who use hate as a means to an end that deserve our emnity, not those who follow them our of fear.
Don’t stop with identifying hate, act against it. Participating in this Blog Against Hate is one small example, attending a candle light vigil is another. Recruiting friends to join you at a candle light vigil or a protest, or organizing your own action against hate really makes a difference.
And always remember:
“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than the hated.”
Coretta Scott King
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