There’s a song in Lin Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, In The Heights, entitled “Enough.” The number comes in Act II of the musical when Camila finally reaches her tipping point as her daughter, Nina, and husband, Kevin, argue about various issues. The song has popped into my head a lot due to the craziness that has been going on in our country as of late. The bickering, finger-pointing, disregard for human life and hating another person just because they do not look like you or they have different beliefs than you.
I never thought in 2017 America, I would see images of neo-Nazi, white supremacist, hate groups invading Charlottesville, V.A. Torches in hand, these people came to Charlottesville with a couple things in mind: spew their revolting agenda and even harm their fellow humans. This ordeal did indeed cost one person, Heather Heyer, her life. Even more irksome is that we have a president who took a whopping 48 hours to make any sort of statement about the events in Charlottesville. Once he did, his words only emboldened the hate groups and further divided Americans.
I know the words of your average, everyday 20-something won’t change the world we live in. However, I’m sick and tired of hearing about things such as torch-bearing hatemongers taking to the streets and a racial divide that continues to infect our country. For the life of me, I will never understand why people of one race or ethnicity think they are superior to others. We’re all humans. Period. End of story. We all put our pants on one leg at a time (if you can put your pants on two legs at a time, proof or it didn’t happen). It’s pathetic that there are people in this world who still cannot comprehend this concept. I’ll say it again: pathetic.
The events in Charlottesville were absolutely despicable. Racism and bigotry have no place in our world and will have no place on my blog as well. I wholeheartedly agree with one of my friends who posted about this on social media the other day: I will call you out if you choose to hurt a fellow human. James 2:8-9 (ESV) says: “If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.”
Love your neighbor as yourself. This has got to start happening, friends.