By now, you’ve already heard of what happened at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. yesterday — and I’m more than willing to agree with just about everybody else that the situation there wasn’t pretty.  But then, the man responsible for the choas — James von Brunn — wasn’t a role model throughout most of his life.  And I’m pretty sure that von Brunn’s choice of role models were both poor and tasteless — which only goes to prove that the extreme racial and ethic prejudice that’s existed for centuries has not only overstayed its welcome throughout the world, but is also outdated and just plain stupid, just like the very racists who practice it, if only because they think they’re superior to the rest of the world.
   Of course, men like von Brunn are wrong when they believe that using vulgar and violent means to get their warped point across will eventually bend the world to their will — when in truth, they’re blinded by the fact that they’re just a minority, and one that should’ve vanished a long time ago.  Unfortunately, the violent prejudice that von Brunn and his ilk practice still exists, simply because they refuse to face reality — the reality that nearly everybody in the world is familiar with, and not the kind that results in ending up in prison without the possibility of parole, which’ll probably be von Brunn’s fate should he recover from being shot after gunning down Stephen Tyrone Johns, one of the National Holocaust Museum’s security officers.
   Maybe something positive will come out of all this ugliness, as well as every other heinous act that the world’s had to endure — like the entire world seeing all racists (like von Brunn) for who they really are, and publicly (and permanently) condemn them for not only breaking the laws of both God and man, but also using some of them to suit their sick purposes, so much so that perhaps someday, they’ll be both ignored and forgotten, just like their warped beliefs.  It may not be the easiest thing to do — but then, what is? — but it’ll no doubt be the right thing to do.

John Lavernoich
Winsted, CT
June 11, 2009

About johnlav

I've written five published novels -- including the first two in the CHAMELEONS, INC. book series -- as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in both print and on the Internet.
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