Friday, May 20, 2011

Please Don't Teach Children To Hate Others

Last night I had time to watch the PBS presentation of a documentary titled Freedom Riders which I had taped earlier in the week. May 1961 was a shameful period in the history of our country, and the people who had the courage to be Freedom Riders were trying to peacefully do a good thing. Local politicians and law enforcement officials, State and National politicians could have done so much to facilitate peaceful bus rides. Sadly some of those opted to behave in despicable ways and chose to not do the right thing. Hatred, prejudice, and bigotry are learned behaviors. No sweet babies are born with those characteristics. They are innocent, but parents who have those characteristics pass them on to their children. Careless selection of friends while growing up can also contribute to children adopting those traits. As I watched the documentary I was ashamed to think that we in America (who rush so quickly to aid citizens of other countries in times of need) could have allowed such indignity, harm and cruelty to happen to any fellow American citizens. There are so many good things to teach little children so please focus on those things and be good parents. You will make the world a better place for your children and grandchildren.

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