When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies, to be met not with cooperation but with conquest; to be subjugated and mastered.
We must admit in ourselves that our own children's future cannot be built on the misfortunes of others.
We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by hatred or revenge.
We can perhaps remember, if only for a time, that those how live with us are our brothers, that they share with us the same short moment of life that they seek, as do we, nothing but the chance to live out their lives in purpose and in happiness, winning what satisfaction and fulfillment they can.
Some look for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear; violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.