Thursday, June 11, 2009
I was stunned to hear on the news about the shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum. A guard died at the hands of an 88-year-old white supremacist.
The alleged shooter denied that the Holocaust ever occurred. His writings revealed a lifetime of seething anger against Jews and African-Americans.
When I visited the Museum in April, I felt that it was a sacred place. I felt that it was a place where commemoration, responsibility, reckoning and understanding came together.
It is hard to reconcile what happened yesterday with what the Museum represents: "A place of deep sadness and a sanctuary of bright hope" (President Clinton). I don't understand the motivation to hate to the point of killing. I don't know what was in the mind of this man. All I can do is send a prayer for the family of the victim, pray to let go of anger against the shooter, and leave the rest up to my Higher Power.