Letter: Local clergy respond to racism and stereotyping
May 23, 2019 at 9:47 a.m.
As local clergy of Rye Town, we feel the need to respond to the letter to the editor last week.
It is troubling to read such statements of racism and stereotyping. We are at a point in society where there is great emphasis on a perceived “common enemy.” This is leading our neighborhoods, our communities and our nation down a dangerous road.
It is overreaching and untrue to believe that all people of one ethnicity are undocumented and are driving drunk and crowding our streets. It is, to us, a devastating statement to refer to an entire culture with terms that deny their humanity. When language such as this occurs, it is racism, plain and simple.
Racism divides us. It perpetuates lies about one specific group of people. Racism generates fear which leads to hatred. We need to sit down together and have real conversations and hear each other’s stories. We are a true society when we work together for one another, respecting one another.
Racism under whatever guise cannot be tolerated. We must stand united and name it when it rears its head. Perhaps most importantly it is time to reach out to our Latinx neighbors with love and kindness.
We believe we are all made in the image of God our creator, that each of us contains that divine spark. We are called by God to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Rev. Kathy Genus
Pastor Jim O’Hanlon
Father Salvador Ros
Rabbi Ben Goldberg