In Solidarity Against Hate
I write to you today with a heavy heart following the hateful acts of the past week, culminating in the brutal murder of two African Americans at a Kroger grocery store in Kentucky and 11 Jewish worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
We mourn the loss of Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones who were assassinated allegedly for their skin color while grocery shopping, and of brothers David and Cecil Rosenthal, husband and wife Bernice and Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Jerry Rabinowitz, Richard Gottfried, Joyce Feinberg, Rose Malinger, Melvin Wax, Irving Younger, and Daniel Leger who were murdered simply for being Jews.
No one in this country, which must continue to shine as a beacon of freedom of speech and religion and serve as a melting pot of cultures, should be fearful for their life because of their political views, their faith, or the color of their skin. Hate and anti-Semitism must never be tolerated in this country. This weekend we saw the destruction that bigotry can cause.
So today, I renew my fight for the bipartisan Never Again Holocaust Education Act which I introduced to give teachers the resources they need to teach their students about the Holocaust, genocide, and the price we all pay because of hate and bigotry. If we do not learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it.
Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress