France in North Africa

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Le Vendeur de peau, Jean-Léon Gérôme (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I edited parts of the article I posted on 18 July and did so a few hours after it was posted. I had sensed a connection between the result of the Brexit referendum and the 2016 Nice attack, but also felt there was a difference. The connection was the “send them back” printed on the shirts of certain British pro-leave voters. France’s Front National‘s is an anti-immigration political party. Britain does not have an anti-immigration or nativist political party, in which it differs from France. However, some leave voters thought, or we led to think, that leaving the European Union meant excluding immigrants.

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French colonialism

One may wonder why France has been targeted by terrorists three times in the last two years:

These attacks cannot be explained in any satisfactory manner. They are barbarie and senseless, Let<s give love a chance.

However, these attacks may be associated with France’s history as a colonial power. It was in North Africa, Algeria especially. Algiers was captured in 1830, Tunisia was conquered in 1881, and Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1950.

A long time ago, these countries were inhabited by Berbers. However, Algeria fell to the Arabs (7th century CE) and then to the Ottoman Empire (1560-1830), often referred to as the Turkish Empire. The French captured Algiers in 1830 and walked out of Algeria under Charles de Gaulle. On 18 March 1962, de Gaulle declared the cease-fire that ended the Algerian War (1954-1962). Below is a video of his speech.

http://fresques.ina.fr/de-gaulle/fiche-media/Gaulle00076/declaration-du-18-mars-1962-cessez-le-feu-en-algerie.html FR

However, the violence continued after the cease-fire. Algerians were massacred and the French were the victims of terrorists. Approximately 800,000 Pied-Noirs had to flee to France. Pied-Noirs (literally black feet) is the name given French settlers in North Africa. They had lived in Algeria for a long time, several generations. Moreover, many Algerians had been educated in France and identified with France.

France remained a target. You may remember Air France Flight 8969. The anti-terror unit of the National Gendarmerie killed all four hijackers without further loss of life among passengers and the plane’s crew. Three passengers had been killed by the hijackers. France has been attacked several times. (See List of Terrorist Incidents in France, Wikipedia.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_France_Flight_8969

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Gendarmerie

There are Berbers to this day in North Africa, in the Atlas Mountains in particular, but the population of Algeria was Arabised and so was, to a greater or lesser extent, the population of Tunisia and, less so, Morocco. However, North-African terrorists are Arabised Berbers. The Arab Spring began in Tunisia, on 18 December 2010.

Although ISIL has claimed responsibility for the 2016 Nice attack, the attacker, Mohamed Lajouif-Bouhlel, lived in France, but was born in Tunisia. The Kouachi brothers (Charlie Hebdo, January 2015) were born in Paris of Algerian parents, but they were radicalized in the Middle East. In France, colonialism and terrorism may therefore be related.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3697480/Smiling-just-hours-attack-Bastille-Day-killer-takes-SELFIE-terror-truck-used-murder-84.html

Therefore, when members of the Front National claim that France cannot be multicultural, nativism, they are expressing their determination not to admit Muslim immigrants into France. At the moment, Muslims migrants are flooding Europe. ISIL and the Syrian Civil War have wreaked havoc on the Middle East and are taking a toll on Europe.

The result of the Brexit referendum may reflect the nativism advocated by the Front National.

Marine Le Pen in Quebec

Marine Le Pen visited Quebec recently. A large number of Canadians are refugees or the descendants of refugees, and many are immigrants or the descendants of immigrants. Consequently, although it can only welcome a limited number of Syrian refugees, 25 thousand, the majority of Canadians do not see Syrian refugees as potential terrorists or as persons who will drain Canada’s social programmes. That has not been the case so far.

Such is not Marine Le Pen’s opinion. She believes immigrants are impoverishing France and, in an interview with Ici Radio-Canada‘s Anne-Marie Dussault, Madame Le Pen stated that terrorists had entered France with the flow of migrants. She was warning Canadians.

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/audio-video/media-7464448/entrevue-danne-marie-dussault-avec-marine-le-pen-a-2460 FR

Canadian civil servants flew to Jordan to screen the Syrians who have entered their country and it picked them up in refugee camps. In fact, Quebec is attempting to transform its immigrants into French-speaking Québécois. It may or may not work, but meanwhile Quebec is building bridges.

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Conclusion

France has been attacked because of its former colonial empire, which included Indochine (Vietnam). So it has trained personnel to deal with crisis, its Gendarmerie’s Intervention and crisis management unit (GIGN). It is its SWAT unit. It is otherwise protected, but terrorist acts are difficult to prevent. Who would have thought that someone would rent a 19-tonne truck and drive it through a crowd watching a fireworks display.

This act of hate did however bring grist to Marine Le Pen’s mill. I listened to several interviews last weekend. Members of the Front National seemed disturbingly pleased to add this grim trophy to their collection.

Marine Le Pen could be the next President of France.

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Domestic Violence has not slowed down

There is so much violence happening in the world I want to make sure a special group knows we have not forgotten about them… the women who live in battering, violent relationships.

We have not forgotten your day to day struggle trying not to be beaten, injured or murdered. We know your children are in harm’s way and live in fear.

You continue to be important to the police, hospital staff and shelter staff in your communities. Everyone of you is vital. We are still here for you and will always be here for you. Use your Hotlines, talk to your counselors and remember that it is a crime for anyone to hit anyone else. This is a form of domestic terrorism. Some states are looking at passing laws that would make it a crime for anyone, of either sex, to own a gun once they have been found guilty of Domestic Violence.

It is hard to understand how a soldier who saved the lives of women and children in the Middle East could come home and beat his own family or kill them; but it happens. We haven’t been there and lived through what they have had to. So contact some one at the base and tell them what is happening and they can help you get the specific help your abuser needs.

Never stay in an abusive relationship for any reason. It isn’t your fault. If his boxer shorts came out of the wash pink and you end up with a black eye, get out. Yeah, you might still love him. He may tell you he is sorry and feel sorry for that moment of time but he isn’t capable of really loving anyone. If you stay, at some point, you will have been hurt enough that you might pick up his gun and shoot him before he kills you.

It is better to live without this twisted sort of love, than for your children to have watched him put roses on your casket. He will teach them that you deserved what he did and they will grow up to resent you. Living in a shelter is a new start and a grave is the end of this earth plane.
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Jason Earl Armstrong Jr. and surveillance video of Armstrong on July 1, 2016. (FBI)

Jason Earl Armstrong Jr. and surveillance video of Armstrong on July 1, 2016. (FBI)

The FBI is hunting a man wanted in the killing of his wife, a Fort Bragg soldier.

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of 27-year-old Jason Earl Armstrong Jr., Fox 11 Los Angeles reported Saturday.

A federal warrant charges him with killing Iris Armstrong in the couple’s Fort Bragg home in North Carolina July 1.

She had been stabbed and beaten, the station reported.

The FBI said Armstrong was captured on a surveillance video using his wife’s debit card shortly after the murder, the station reported.

He has ties to South Carolina; Atlanta; New Orleans; Amarillo, Texas; Phoenix and Los Angeles.

Iris Armstrong was a human resources specialist assigned to the 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division Sustainment Brigade, the Fayetteville Observer reported. She joined the Army in 2012.

The couple’s two children are safe, according to the FBI.

Lt. Col. Jeremy St. Laurent, commander of the 189th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, told the Observer Iris Armstrong was an outstanding soldier and well-liked.

“Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to her family, friends and loved ones during this very difficult time,” he said.

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Chair of Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry Resigns citing Government Interference

Chair of the Scottish Abuse Inquiry, Susan O’Brien QC has resigned. BBC Child abuse inquiry chairwoman Susan O’Brien QC resigns [2]

This follows the resignation last week of Professor Lamb, a Panel member. BBC Scottish child abuse inquiry witnesses ‘deserve answers ‘ [5]

Both resignations are in protest at Government interference in the Inquiry.

scottish panelGlenn Houston on the left is the only panel member left as Professor Michael Lamb and Susan O’Brien QC, Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry have resigned.

More updates and letters are here about the resignation [3]

Below is the resignation letter from Susan O’Brien QC, Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry resignation letter to John Swinney MSP Deputy First Minister. Apologies for poor formatting which was lost in transfer. I have attempted to reinstate some. For the original see pdf download [1]

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry P.O. Box 24085 Edinburgh EH7 9EA

John Swinney MSP Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills St Andrew’s House Regent Road Edinburgh EH1 3DG 4 July 2016

Dear Deputy First Minister Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

I am writing to resign as Chair of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry with immediate effect. I do so with great regret. I am well aware of the shock and disappointment which my resignation will cause to the survivors who have waited so long for an Inquiry. I consider that I owe them an explanation, and therefore I expect you to make this letter public,

In his letter of resignation dated 27 June 2016, Professor Lamb complained that the Inquiry, as currently set up, is not able to operate in a manner which is properly independent from Government. I agree with him. Scottish Government officials have sought to micromanage and control the Inquiry, and I have resisted this. What Professor Lamb did not say, but he knew, is that my position as the independent Chair of this Inquiry has been actively undermined by some Scottish Government officials over the past months. One even went so far as to threaten what he called “the nuclear option”, by which we understood he meant my removal, in January 2016, during a dispute about funding for statement taking.

On 20 May 2016 the Scottish Ministers initiated formal proceedings to remove me as Chair.

This was precipitated by a letter dated 9 May 2016 from a health professional who had been acting for the Inquiry in a consultancy capacity. This letter was sent to the Inquiry, and at the same time circulated within the Scottish Government.

She complained of “the attitudes and beliefs … with regard to survivors of child abuse” which the author said I “appear to hold”.

The author based this claim on two remarks which had been made by me in passing at a private training session on 22 February 2016. The first remark was intended to highlight the variety of responses which survivors have to their own experience, including coping strategies which they may use when dealing with it. I accurately reported, without endorsing, what a survivor had said to me about his attitude to his own abuse. The second remark was a reference to newspaper reports of a recent trial, which quoted criticism of the Crown said to have been made by the presiding Sheriff. He had decided to grant an absolute discharge in a case where a teacher had been charged with indecent exposure. The reports wrongly suggested that that there had been no facts indicating that a serious offence had been committed. The writer’s complaint arises from a misunderstanding of what I knew about the case at the time, and my purpose in referring to it when discussing the reports with legal colleagues who had been prosecutors.

The author of the letter of 9 May accepted that “these remarks may have been well intentioned” but insisted, some 11 weeks after they had been made, that they were “totally unacceptable and indicate a belief system that is incompatible with the post of Chair of a child abuse Inquiry”.

Separately, the author of the letter also alleged that decisions on matters regarding the Inquiry’s “strategies and processes ….are being made unilaterally by the Chair, with no regard to the advice of professional colleagues or external consultants.”

In the letter of 10 May, on behalf of the Chair and the other panel members, Senior Counsel to the Inquiry rejected the characterisation of the Chair “as a person whose attitudes, values, and beliefs are incompatible with the post of Chair of a public inquiry into child abuse”. He noted that “decisions about the Inquiry’s Protocols or procedures were taken after extensive discussion with the two panel members and a total of five lawyers, in addition to the Chair. Every word was approved and signed off and agreed by the two panel members and myself as leading Senior Counsel to the Inquiry”.

On 16 May 2016, I was asked to resign by Scottish Government officials on the basis of the letter of complaint of 9 May 2016. I refused to do so, as I have done nothing wrong.

On 20 May 2016, I was advised that Scottish Ministers were “initiating proceedings” against me under reference to s12 of the Public Inquiries Act 2005. The only issue was the letter of 9 May. The basis for their case was that “… you can now no longer command the confidence of Ministers, and may at some unforeseen point in the future lose the confidence of those for whose benefit the inquiry was established” It was also said that “if it became publicly known that you had made those remarks, then your position would be untenable.” At that stage, I had not even been asked for an explanation.

On 25 May 2015 my fellow panel member Prof Lamb made written representations to you to support me, and warned that he thought that the Section 12 proceedings seemed “to be predicated on the assumption that (the Scottish Ministers), rather than the Panel, should control the Inquiry.” He also warned that the proceedings called into question “the declared and necessary independence of the Inquiry.Your intervention will thus undermine the legitimacy of an historically important inquiry.”

On 26 May 2016, I wrote to propose a meeting with yourself, saying that it was important that you learned about the position of the Inquiry from the whole panel of three, before reaching your decision on my dismissal. Subsequently I received legal advice not to attend the meeting.

On 30 May 2016, the second panel member Mr Glenn Houston also wrote to you, supporting me in the position of Chair. He noted that “there would be a significant risk of loss of public trust and confidence in the integrity of this Inquiry should the Chair be removed from office.” He suggested a “brokered resolution” by way of a meeting between the writer of the letter and myself. I agreed to this, but it did not happen.

3 On 31 May 2016, Mr Houston and Prof Lamb met you, and expressed their support for me. Prof Lamb pointed out that the independence of the Inquiry had been compromised by the proceedings. Mr Houston said that “he was concerned that progress could be stalled, delayed, or placed in jeopardy due to the section 12 proceedings.” Prof Lamb advised you that he would resign if you came to the decision to dismiss me.

On 2 June 2016, in a lengthy letter, it was explained to you on my behalf that the legal basis for the s12 proceedings was fundamentally flawed, and failed to respect the fundamental constitutional and Convention law requirement that Inquiries into allegations of individual and institutional sexual abuse must actually be, and be seen to be, structurally independent from Government. Your attention was drawn to the distinctions between s 12(3) (a) and (d).

On 17 June, further written representations were made on my behalf. Some correspondence ensued, but there was no substantive response from the Scottish Government to the legal arguments which had been put forward to the effect that the whole Section 12 process was unlawful as well as unjustified. Both my fellow panel members were aware of all that was happening.

On 22 June, I met you, and you heard further representations.

On 28 June 2016, I met you and answered your questions. I reassured you that I did not underestimate the gravity of child abuse. I would never do so. I fully appreciate that it can devastate peoples’ lives.

On 28 June 2016, Prof Lamb’s resignation letter of 27 June 2016 became public knowledge.

On 30 June 2016, the First Minister told the Scottish Parliament: “We don’t accept Prof Lamb’s comments about the independence of the Inquiry.” As at 4 July, I have not received your final decision on my proposed dismissal.

I wish to make it quite clear that I agree with all the points Professor Lamb raised in his resignation letter of 27 June 2016. I am very concerned indeed that his letter has not been followed up by a request for more detail, and a careful investigation into what he said. I consider it to be totally unacceptable for such a serious issue to be brushed aside by the Scottish Government.

You have had ample warning of Prof Lamb’s and my own concerns about the integrity of the Inquiry process and the need for its structural independence from Government, to ensure that it can consider all matters fearlessly and impartially, even when Government supported institutions might be in line for criticism. The panel has made this position clear, not only during the s12 process, but by way of letters from the Inquiry to the sponsor team and others within government over a matter of months. As recently as June 2016, the panel’s formal request for a decision from you which would enable it to bring in an outside Solicitor to replace a Scottish Government employee, has been blocked. The Inquiry’s work has already been hampered by the approach of officials who seem to believe that they can control the Inquiry’s decision making, particularly when it relates to proposed expenditure. Structural changes, for example to the way in which the Inquiry budget is managed, could retrieve the situation, but I now have no confidence that the Scottish Government is willing to address the problem. This means that the Inquiry cannot carry out its statutory function in a manner which is compatible with the Convention rights of the survivors. Its work will have no value unless it is the product of a truly independent approach to the issues which are articulated in its Terms of Reference.

Moreover, since you have approached the dismissal of a Chair so casually, on the basis of misunderstandings and inaccurate allegations about my “attitudes and beliefs … with regard to survivors of child abuse”, I have no confidence that you would not try to dismiss me again another time, even if you decide against dismissal now. This compromises my ability to carry out my duty to ask questions and reach conclusions fearlessly.

In short, I cannot reassure the public that this Inquiry will be conducted independently of Government. My trust that the Scottish Government will actually respect the independence of the Inquiry has gone. You have therefore left me within no alternative but to resign. I do so with a heavy heart, as I am clear that there is a real need for this Inquiry to take place.

I would like to thank the Inquiry team for all the hard work they have put in. I also wish to place on record my particular thanks to Mr Glenn Houston and Prof Michael Lamb for their invaluable advice, and for their unstinting support, particularly since we received the letter of 9 May 2016.

Yours sincerely

Ms Susan O’Brien QC

This clearly leaves the long awaited and much anticipated Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in disarray and survivors have no idea what is happening. The Government is obviously interfering and inevitably and maybe quite correctly this will be taken as a method of covering up high level child sexual abuse.

Survivors and campaigners are now calling on John Swinney to resign as Deputy First Minister for precipitating this shambles.

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Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E] from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G] and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area

Links

[1] 2016 Jul Scottish Government Letter of Resignation Of Chair of Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry pdf download http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00502669.pdf

[2] 2016 Jul 4 BBC Child abuse inquiry chairwoman Susan O’Brien QC resigns http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-36706790

[3] 2016 Jul 4 Scottish Government Latest updates Resignation of Inquiry Chair http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Young-People/protecting/child-protection/historical-child-abuse

[4] 2016 Scottish Government Information on Panel Members http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/Young-People/protecting/child-protection/historical-child-abuse/panel-members

[5] 2016 Jun 29 BBC Scottish child abuse inquiry witnesses ‘deserve answers ‘ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-36660913

[A] Sanctuary for the Abused http://abusesanctuary.blogspot.co.uk/2006/07/for-survivors-coping-with-triggers-if.html

[B] NAPAC http://www.napac.org.uk/

[C] One in Four http://www.oneinfour.org.uk/

[D] Havoca http://www.havoca.org/HAVOCA_home.htm

[E] SurvivorsJustice Triggers post http://survivorsjustice.com/2014/02/26/triggers-what-are-they-and-how-do-we-work-through-them/

[F] SurvivorsJustice Blog http://survivorsjustice.com/

[G] Jim Hopper Mindfulness http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/

[H] Jim Hopper Meditation http://www.jimhopper.com/mindfulness/#cultivate

[J] 2016 Jan 5 Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma https://hwaairfan.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/an-indigenous-australian-approach-to-healing-trauma/

[K] Survivors UK website for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men https://www.survivorsuk.org/ and twitter https://twitter.com/SurvivorsUK

[L] Voicing CSA website – http://voicingcsa.uk/ helps arrange survivors meetings in your area. Voicing CSA supports the IICSA and VSCP and works to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse find their voice

This is all written in good faith but if there is anything that needs to be corrected please email scottishinquiry

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the truth will out, the truth will shout, the truth will set us free

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Burke

He who does not bellow the truth when he knows the truth makes himself the accomplice of liars and forgers.” Charles Peguy

To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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The Question of Race Relations

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8 in 10 Seek ‘Major’ Focus on Race as Most Say Relations Are Worsening (POLL)

  • By CHAD KIEWIET DE JONGE

A vast 83 percent of Americans say the next president should place an “especially major” focus on trying to improve race relations – which, following the Dallas police killings and high-profile shootings of blacks by police, majorities see as bad and getting worse.

Sixty-three percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say race relations generally are bad and 55 percent say they’re worsening, sharply more negative views than just two months ago. Only a third say relations are good and just one in 10 say they’re getting better.

See PDF with full results here.

This translates into a broad desire for progress. Not only do 83 percent say the next president should put an especially major focus on trying to improve race relations, nearly half in this group also say it’s “extremely” important. Just 12 percent don’t want a major focus on the issue, and few of them feel strongly about it.

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To the extent race relations influence the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton may benefit: the public trusts her more than Donald Trump to handle the issue by 58 to 26 percent, with Clinton preferred by 89 percent of Democrats, 55 percent of independents and a quarter of Republicans. She also leads Trump by 66-21 percent on the issue among those who think the next president should focus heavily on race relations.

Racial Groups

Clinton-Trump gaps on race relations span racial groups in this poll, produced for ABC byLanger Research Associates. Though her advantage expands to 74-12 percent among nonwhites (a broadly Democratic group), Clinton also leads Trump on the issue by 15 points among whites, 50-35 percent. Among whites who think relations are deteriorating, though, Trump’s trust deficit with Clinton disappears.

Seventy-two percent of blacks, 65 percent of Hispanics and 63 percent of whites say race relations currently are bad. Half of blacks, and 55 and 56 percent of whites and Hispanics, respectively, also say they’re getting worse.

Blacks and Hispanics are 11 points more apt than whites to say the next president should put a major focus on the issue. But the big difference is in how many call this extremely important: Just 40 percent of whites who favor a major focus on race relations, vs. 67 and 64 percent of blacks and Hispanics, respectively.

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Other Groups

Pessimism about race relations is higher among young adults, 73 percent, compared with 61 percent of those older than 29. Americans without a college degree are 10 points more likely than those with a college degree to think relations are poor and 14 points more likely to think the situation is getting worse. Both groups contain higher shares of minorities.

City dwellers are 10 points more likely than rural residents to view relations as generally poor, but the latter are 9 points more apt to think things are getting worse. And women are 8 points more likely than men to think relations are worsening.

Democrats and liberals both split on whether race relations are getting worse or merely staying the same. By contrast, majorities of independents and moderates – as well as about two in three Republicans, conservatives and evangelical white Protestants – think relations are declining.

In the largest political difference, four in 10 liberal Democrats think race relations are worsening (a plurality says they’re staying the same), compared with two-thirds of conservative Republicans.

That said, improving race relations is a bigger priority for Democrats and liberals; more than nine in 10 say the next president should be someone who puts a major focus on the issue, and among them, six in 10 say it’s extremely important. While three-quarters of Republicans also favor a major focus on race relations, only 35 percent say it’s extremely important.

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Peace is what most of us want. Peace is what we need. One of the things we need to bring about peace is to end all racism. I didn’t used to think racism remained a real problem. I worked with people of color, volunteered with them and envied their ready-made tans. But as time has gone on I have realized that other Caucasian people felt differently. With the election of Obama and the re-election, I realized that I was different from most Caucasians that I knew. Now I am speaking up about race relations and I am sorry for all the innocent lives of color that have been lost. Black people have a right to worry about their children. So do Muslim parents, Asian parents and indigenous parents.

Bob Marley was right. There is One Family, One Love, and One World. If we destroy it, we are all responsible; if we heal it and ourselves we all get credit. May peace be the word you wake up to in the morning and the last word you think of before you go to sleep.

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