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Thoughts On The Massacre In Pittsburgh

What happened to Pittsburgh this terrible, horrendous and unconscionable.

It happened in a synagogue, but could happen anywhere and has happened in other places of worship and places of education.

Two days after what happened in Pittsburgh, I’m still trying to deal with the fact that something like this could happen in this day in age. I’m sad and I try and not think about what’s going on in this country. The thought of our President visiting Pittsburgh should be a good thing but it isn’t. He is a figure who has helped encourage this hate. Those in politics and places of power need to know that their words mean something and can affect people much more than just their minds.

My son goes to a Jewish Day School in the afternoon. I’d be lying if I wasn’t really nervous today. I know they have security measures in place but I also know that they are only so good.

I brought up what happened in Pittsburgh on Saturday up at work today and was shocked to find out the lack of empathy my co-workers feel towards things that don’t affect them.

This could happen anywhere and to anyone but it didn’t this time it affects a community that I’m part of and it hurts me to my core.

I don’t expect people to fully understand why I’m still reeling from what happened, but I’m still shocked when people just don’t give a crap about anyone else other than themselves.

Yes, it didn’t happen in Philadelphia or Doylestown, for that matter, but it happened to fellow Americans. It’s time to give a shit. It’s time to take a stand and do something about this rhetoric that is causing this toxic mess that where in today.

I’ve been rambling, I know, but I had to get this out. I want to know your thoughts to please post your thoughts in the comments below or hit me up on social media.

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I’m Jewish

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(This piece was originally posted on Medium)

I’m Jewish. I didn’t live through the Holocaust, but growing up it’s part of my education to NEVER FORGET.

I’m Jewish. I don’t hate Muslims. I don’t think they should be banned from the US. I don’t think they should have to register or have to live in Ghettos.

Donald Trumps rhetoric terrifies me to the core. I have never seen such hatred in my life. I am sickened by the irony that his own daughter, who married a Jew, is Jewish (she converted).

At first I laughed off some of Trumps rhetoric as just trying to get a rise out of people and get higher in the polls, but now I’m terrified. I’m terrified that when he’s compared to Hitler he’s not bothered by that comparison.

I’m Jewish, and I welcome Muslims and people of all faiths, creeds, sexual orientations, colors to be my neighbors, play with my son and be my friend.

We have a common enemy and that’s not Islam or Muslims, it’s Da’esh (aka ISIS/ISIL) and Al Qaeda. Only if we stand together will we be able to stop these maniacs. And to be honest, we must start by stopping the maniac at home first. That maniac is Donald Trump.


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