Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is an international memorial day held on 27 January. The goal is to commemorate the tragedy of the Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. The fact that that many of our youth don’t even know this because it isn’t properly taught in schools is pretty sad.
For today’s observance, my wish is…
My wish is that people around the world would take time to remember everything that the Holocaust has to teach us. It’s therefore important to understand and reflect upon the evil that was done and the depths to which humanity can sink. It’s also that there was also compassion, bravery, and goodness that emerges even in the darkest of times.
The words that you use matter.
Words of hate and discrimination have consequences. We can see these consequences in the terror murder of Muslims, women, minorities and Jews. The problem is, that many of the people speaking these words of hate are happy with these consequences. Others speak them out of habit or to simply agree with someone without realizing that they are feeding violence.
Somehow, we need to turn it into consequences the promulgators are not happy with. We all need to stand together to stop these people spreading hate. We need to say that there is a limit to free speech. You can’t hide behind it to encourage hate and violence.