Just a few days ago, on April 4, 2018, we commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His words are as relevant today as when he spoke them:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
I’ve been filled with anger too much lately, about a number of things, but in large part about the relentless attacks I see on social media against my city, its leaders and many citizens.
I find myself angry when I see people who have shared facts or opinions, or dared to say they like something that the majority in a given echo chamber hate, get instantly bombarded with ugly personal attacks.
I was very angry earlier today when Mr. Massey once again posted a citizen email that raised concerns and, in his forum where only those who support him are allowed to comment, made himself out to be a victim and cast aspersions on that citizen, city leaders and law enforcement. And then when one of his chief supporters and the administrator of his page actually referred to our city as “Nazi Germany” and “the Reich”. 😳. Really? I privately let this person know how deeply offensive that comparison is to me and others affected by the Holocaust, and in return I was called a “narcissist” and told to “go away.”
I could go on, and it is tempting, but I won’t, because Dr. King was right. Only love can combat hate. So here goes:
I love my city. Is it perfect? Of course not. But…
I love the parks.
I love the schools.
I love that my city signed a resolution and the nationwide Mayor’s Compact against hate and bigotry in the wake of the neo-Nazi/KKK rally in Charlottesville that turned deadly.
I love the new coffee place and my little knitting group that meets there.
I love the greenway, and seeing so many friendly faces out running and walking dogs on sunny days.
I love the trees. Yes. There are sooooo many trees, a fact which I am reminded of every pollen season.
I love our amazing police and fire departments, and the fact that I feel safe walking at night in my neighborhood.
I love our library.
I love GPAC, and GAC.
I’m not afraid to say that I actually like the look of the new developments at Thornwood and Travure, and places like them and Whole Foods, that are set close to the street (though I would be called unspeakable things for saying that in certain Facebook groups). I think they look modern and clean and better than a large parking lot.
I don’t love – but also don’t hate – new apartments. They’re apartments. They don’t really inspire love or hate -or fear- in me.
I don’t love that our elementary and middle schools are overcrowded; but I do love that so many people want to join us here and that our schools and city are addressing the growth.
I love that this is a place where I, someone who didn’t really know anyone here when I moved here, and who, as a politically left of center Jew who doesn’t particularly like barbecue, doesn’t really fit in, was welcomed when I started to get involved in my kids’ schools, and later as a volunteer on a city commission.
I love our Apple Store, and that they have a helpful young “genius” there who wears a kilt. ☺
I love that we are finally getting a Trader Joe’s – YAY.
I love my friends.
I refuse to let darkness and hate win in Germantown.
Let’s drive away the anger, darkness and hate with neighborliness, light and love.