The following is an editorial from WBRC FOX6 News General Manager Collin Gaston, which first aired on Tuesday, August 15, 2017:
I hate - hate. Hate is not a word or feeling that I regularly use or experience, but simply stated, it’s what was represented boldly in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. The video of White Nationalists, chanting “Sieg Heil” while gathered in demonstration was sickening. Large numbers of people were imitating a salute once used by the Nazi party to signal obedience to Adolf Hitler. A man who systematically led the killing of millions upon millions of Jews. Why would anyone think that is a worthwhile? I hate – hate.
The video of the man driving his car with a psychotic fury straight into a group of unsuspecting individuals on a Charlottesville street with the blatant intent to hurt, maim and or kill made my stomach turn. I hate – hate.
What happens to people after birth shapes them until the day they die. Presumably, we all start as a blank slate - blind to bigotry, but then due to circumstances either in or out of our control, that blindness can become a glaring light of hatred towards others. That “light” was on full display this past weekend.
So, what can we do? One thing is to not give credence to those people and platforms that espouse hate. That just fuels the fire that we are attempting to extinguish. The other thing we can do is “attack” those that hate with thought and compassion. So hard to do, but the alternative could be another Charlottesville tragedy like this past weekend. I hate – hate.
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