by Adam Zygis
by Adam Zygis
John L. Micek
A couple of years back, when I was driving down to Florida, I got pulled over on U.S. Route 301 in a little town called Waldo near Gainesville.
It was late - past 2 a.m. -- and I was pretty sure I wasn't speeding. So when the dome lights of an Alachua County cruiser flashed to garish life in my rearview mirror, I had no idea what was happening.
I express most all of Americans' deep and heartfelt grief for the families and friends of the 49 killed in Orlando. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth throughout America.
But I wonder are Americans aware of the millions (that's millions) of children, mothers, elderly, combatants, etc., that we Americans kill in the Middle East and Africa? Where is the show of compassion, sympathy and grief for these human beings?
As people of faith, we are sad and disheartened at the events in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas and elsewhere this past week. At our Unitarian Universalist worship service last Sunday, we recognized all the lives lost, and many tears were shed.
We acknowledge the fear that Black people feel, particularly young Black men, when confronted by the police. We also acknowledge the fear that police officers feel in the same situations. Steps must be taken to change the systems of oppression and culture of violence, which allow these conditions to persist.
Your section entitled “Reactions to Dallas tragedy” contains sensitive, caring, positive letters and condolences from a number of our local and statewide leaders and politicians. Except, disappointingly from District 25 Congressman Roger Williams. In this note he is practicing exactly what he is criticizing. Reminds me of the lesson our mothers taught us. “When you pointed someone, three fingers are pointing back at you” it is sad that he has exploited this occasion to promulgate his political bias.
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