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November 2015

By Paula Penebaker, President & CEO, YWCA Southeast Wisconsin


A Time to Be Good

The tragedy in Paris weighs heavy on the hearts and minds of caring people around the globe. Now, nearly a week after the carnage, we brace ourselves for a potential attack on US soil and begin to point our collective finger at “the other” who might dare cause us harm.

We spend a lot of negative energy on our fears of "the other" and in protecting our homeland from invasion by extremists. That energy makes us turn a blind eye to our native-born terrorists.

Sandy Hook
Columbine
Rosewood
Charleston
Arlington
Blacksburg
the Arizona highway
Oklahoma City
Ku Klux Klan

Find numbers and narrative related to mass killings in the US here.

While we’re thinking about how to stop Islamic extremists, how to keep refugees fleeing terrorism out of our country for fear they might be terrorists, how about we come in from the land of denial and address the problem of our very own red-blooded, US-born terrorists who take the lives of our citizens in the homeland in senseless acts of violence “on the regular?”

We’re living in dangerous times, times that create a lot of fear in people. And when driven by fear, we can be very unkind. Steven Covey had as one of his 7 Habits, “Seek first to understand then be understood.”

Now is a time for building understanding.


Now is a time to let our Muslim brothers and sisters know that we understand that a loud and dangerous few have hijacked their belief system. Now is the time we don’t expect them to explain ISIS to us.

Now is the time to live up to the ideals this country was founded on, even if they were not intended (at the time) for all people. They’re good ideals.

Now is the time for us to be good.

 

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