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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Hate shows its ugly head again

  • I’ve read about the steady decline of hate groups in the United States and, although that is a great thing, unfortunately, it doesn’t mean they are not still dangerous.
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  • I’ve read about the steady decline of hate groups in the United States and, although that is a great thing, unfortunately, it doesn’t mean they are not still dangerous.
    The recent hate motivated killings in Kansas remind us all that there is evil in this world and those that stand behind any hate filled organization by being silent or very vocal about its beliefs should feel shame and bare part of the blame for those horrible actions against innocent people.
    Absolutely no race, gender, age group, religious group, or political affiliation is better or worse than the other.
    Sounds like common sense right?
    Well, to a large group of people (including some that are reading this) sadly it is not.
    It takes a tragedy to remind us of the possibility of someone spreading their hatred in the form of bullets or bombs. It’s not ideal, but you know it’s true.
    I’ve often wondered and had discussions with friends as to why this type of thing doesn’t happen more often. It’s scary to me to think of how these tragic actions could easily become day-to-day life for us. Take the Middle East for example. It’s become very common to hear about bombings and shootings in the name of racial and religious beliefs.
    We are all humans. The United States is not immune. Don’t become blinded by the fact we can go for a few weeks without reading about a mass shooting or some other hate filled act.
    It’s fact. It has happened. It will happen.
    I don’t have the answer and apparently neither does anyone else. I’m almost willing to bet that no-one ever will.
    James Bridges is the advertising director for the Shawnee News-Star.
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