Monday, March 25, 2013

Imagine a World Without Hate

Imagine a World Without Hate™
In honor of our Centennial Year in 2013, the Anti-Defamation League launched the “Imagine a World Without Hate” video and action campaign, and we invite you to participate.
Take just 80 seconds of your time to watch this powerful video, which imagines a world without racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism — a world in which the hate violence that took the lives of Martin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank, Daniel Pearl, Matthew Shepard and others did not happen. Imagine what these individuals could have continued to contribute to society if bigotry, hate and extremism had not cut their lives tragically short.
After 100 years of fighting bigotry and fostering respect, we are celebrating our successes, while at the same time recognizing that we still have a long way to go to achieve the reality of a world without hate. Join us by watching, sharing and taking steps every day to create a world without hate. Thank you for stepping up to create a world without hate as an individual, community, school or corporation.
ADL is most grateful to the families of those featured in the video, whose commitment and participation made this campaign possible, and to the Estate of John Lennon for granting us the rights to use his beautiful and iconic song.
Imagine a World Without Hate™. We do. Join us.



On April 4, 1968, while standing on a balcony outside his room at the Lorraine Motel, Dr. King was struck by a sniper’s bullet. King was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital, where, at age 39, he was pronounced dead later that evening.

Imagine. What if .........

Anne Frank was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1929, before the Frank family moved to Amsterdam in 1933, the year the Nazis gained control over Germany. As persecutions of Jews increased in July 1942, the family went into hiding in secret rooms in Anne's father's office building when she was 13 years old. After two years of hiding, the family was betrayed and transported to concentration camps. Anne Frank and her sister, Margot, were eventually transferred to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they both died of typhus in March 1945. 

Imagine. What if .........

Harvey Milk became the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. He served less than a year in office before he was brutally assassinated by another city supervisor. His life profoundly changed a city, state, nation, a global community and me. 

Imagine. What if .........

James Byrd Jr. was an African American, graduate from the last segregated class at Jasper’s Rowe High School. Byrd went on to marry and have three children. In the pre-dawn hours of June 7, 1998, Byrd was walking home when he was stopped by three white men who offered him a ride. Byrd got in the bed of their pick-up truck, but the men did not take him home. Instead, they drove him to a desolate, wooded road east of town, beat him severely, chained him to the back of the truck by his ankles and dragged him for more than three miles. The murderers drove on for another mile before dumping his torso in front of an African-American cemetery.

Imagine. What if .........

In October of 2000, Daniel Pearl and his wife moved to Bombay, India where he became the South Asia Bureau Chief for The Wall Street Journal. Pearl covered many issues, including the "war on terrorism," occasionally venturing to Pakistan. He was retracing the steps of "shoe bomber" Richard Reid when he was abducted in Karachi on January 23, 2002. Millions of people around the world rallied for his release until a video, posted on the internet, showed his captors beheading him. In his final words, Pearl declared "My father is Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I am Jewish." His tragic murder was confirmed on February 21, 2002.

Imagine. What if .........

Matthew Shepard was a 21-year-old freshman at the University of Wyoming where he studied political science, foreign relations and languages. On October 7, 1998, a few hours after he had attended a planning meeting for Gay Awareness Week events on campus, Shepard was tortured and left tied to a fence by two men. After being discovered, he was taken to a hospital in Fort Collins; he died on October 12, 1998.

Imagine. What if .........

On November 4, 1995, Yitzhak Rabin appeared at a large peace rally in Tel Aviv, joining the singing of "Shir L'Shalom" (Song for Peace). Minutes later, as he was leaving the rally, an Israeli Jewish extremist, Yigal Amir, jumped out of the crowd and shot Rabin. Less than an hour later, Rabin was pronounced dead at a Tel Aviv-area hospital.

Imagine. What if .........

6 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

as a child of the 60s I have always wanted a world like this. but sometimes the h8 seems overwhelming and unconquerable.

thank bob many of us stand together to erase the h8. and I hope members of my niece's generation and even younger stand with us.

the dogs' mother said...

I have a lot of hope - especially when I read the article that I put up on my blog today. xoxoxox

Biki said...

The video brought tears to my eyes from all the loss of those bright beings scythed down due to hate. I've forwarded it out into my circle, maybe they will forward it on to someone who will change their mindset from hate to acceptance.

thank you, thank you Bob for posting this

Wonder Man said...

very nice

Bob said...

@Biki
I know how sad it is .... to wonder what any of these people might have done if .....

www.DiatribesAndOvations.com said...

Another wonderful post. Let's hope that people have learned from these tragedies.