CF100: 2016 11 13 – Hate Rhetoric & Unity

Each week, the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online,  usually late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.

What was the biggest story of the week?

A friend in South Florida (mature woman, hair in a “boy-cut”) was shopping when verbally assaulted by a man who, unprovoked, pulled his cart next to hers and snarled in her face, “I’M A DEPLORABLE AND WE GOT OUR COUNTRY BACK, HA!!”  Meanwhile, my grandsons’ friends are worrying about walls separating them from friends and family. Some say they voted for Trump in spite of his hate language not because of it. Now would be the time for these folks to become vocal about where they disagree with him. The emotional and physical safety of our communities depends on it.

What will be the biggest story in the coming week?

Now we hear calls for unity. We are going to need a deep and serious conversation about what the word unity means. Unity is defined as the combining of parts into a whole. The unity I am willing to work for will need to include all the parts of our nation, in their entirety. It will need to include Muslims with their faith and Mexicans with their heritage and the LGBT+ community with the families they have created and women as full human beings. The list goes on. I’m all for real unity, but not for an empty catch phrase.


The series focuses on state and local news.

Read the Sentinel’s introduction to the series

Read my first post on the series.

My posts related to this can be found using the categories in the right sidebar. Click either Central Florida or Current Events.

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