Randomly Targeted Violence – Times-Herald
The violent and random attacks on people are a shame for all of us! It is an affront to humanity as a whole and there is no reason for it.
Why anyone would even consider doing such things confuses the mind. It goes against all traditions, whether sacred or secular, and accomplishes nothing but demeaning those who engage in them.
Whether it is a mental disturbance or a drug-induced impairment of the abuser, it has no place in a civilized society and should not continue.
Currently, the targets are those of Asian heritage, but these are only the latest victims. Historically, every racial or ethnic group has been the victim of such acts. “Why?” remains the eternal question, but perhaps there is no logical answer, since actions defy logic.
This absurdity must end, otherwise where will it end? I am thinking of the words of Martin Neimöller, a German Lutheran pastor who wrote the following after WWII:
“First, they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak because I wasn’t a Communist; Then they came looking for the socialists, and I didn’t speak because I wasn’t a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came to get the Jews, and I didn’t speak because I wasn’t a Jew; Then they came to get me, and there was no one left to talk.
The Bible tells us, “As you did it to one of these least of my brethren, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40, KJV).
We are all people, essentially the same regardless of their physical appearance, and entitled to the same considerations as ourselves. We must not allow anyone to remain the target of violence. Otherwise, we are no better than the attackers.
– Reverend Ed Rosenback / Vallejo