In 1967 I interviewed for a part time job. “I want a good typist that can also take dictation,” the bespectacled elderly man explained. I could do that. “Well, here’s what I will typically have you do,” he continued as he began quoting Biblical passages that I took both in shorthand and typed directly to the electric IBM on the desk.
“Excellent work!” he exclaimed at my flawless transcription. “Will you take five-dollars an hour?”
Heck, yeah! That was an hourly fortune. “I can start tomorrow,” I confirmed. Some travel was included with the position. An unknown world unwrapped before me: The world of a racist.
My employer knew his Bible. He knew any biblical verse that could be stating the inherent evils of the dark man. When he wasn’t black cherry-picking, he was racial slurring and racial profiling anyone who was not a quintessential Anglo-Protestant American. He let my Catholic education slide, but let me know that much of what I “learned of God” was in grave error. He was a good “Christian man,” he said.
I self-terminated from this job before I had the chance to meet with his “fellow white Christian brothers” at an unspecified ranch near Las Vegas. He was a freak and an anomaly, I erroneously decided.
More than 40-years later, hate and racism thrive and feed off of each other. Religion is prostituted as a reason for the credence, and just as often not needed at all.
Besides national headlines, my small town headline recently read, “Police arrested a (local) man Friday in connection with arson and vandalism of a church known for…tolerance…”
Have we finally reached the point in the rat maze where there are just so many of us that self-survival drives us to reactionary behavior? Toss tolerance, patience, understanding, and curiosity out the window? If the guy across the street or across the world is different, hate the bastard because he’s different?
This is a simplistic take on a complex subject. But to wake up with a hateful soul, like the one that James von Brunn seems to possess, or to find jest with antiquated racial commentary about President and Mrs. Obama, or to toss acid in the face of young girls on their way to an Afghan classroom, or to fly jets into inhabited towers, or to enslave young children of a lesser advantage, or, or, or. The list runs thru the over-populated maze of crazed and un-emancipated beings screaming for what???