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Who the Heck Jew Think You Are? A Look at Hate

Updated on May 27, 2013

I don't want to hear it!

Maybe I should stop watching TV, perhaps I should unplug my radio and I most certainly ought to cancel my subscription to the local newspaper… if even then, I cannot hide or deny the ugliness and the hatred in the world, well then there is always the option of relocating to a cave. OR… we can just stop hating people! Hate takes more energy than love, you have to hate on purpose but you can love accidentally. I’m not a tree-hugger and I’m not part of a World Peace Campaign, I’m just a girl, a girl that shares this planet, like it or not, with all walks of life and you know what? I don’t hate anyone!

What difference does it make?

I’m going to expose myself and let the world in on a little secret… I’m white! I’m white, or so I’ve been told, at least that’s the color I see when I look in the mirror, personally, I think it's more of a peachy color, but regardless of how you define it... it makes me safe, safe to much hatred. What does any of this mean? Nothing. I’m white… not perfect; the color of my skin does not make me, in anyway, better than anyone else. Truthfully, it’s what’s under the skin that makes a person, why is this so hard to understand? Are we that ignorant that we can't see past skin color? How does the pigmentation of one's skin determine his worth?

See the child... imagine...

That'd be her... the lady of the hour

Flipping through the channels on my television as I lay in bed the other night, I came across footage of an Aryan Nations Rally, Gathering or Parade of some sort, this was on either the History Channel or National Geographic Channel, it was not a clip from The Jerry Springer Show, though it might as well have been. I don’t find it necessary to go into detail explaining what the Aryan Nations is about as I’m sure most of you already know they are a white supremacy “organization”. The basic concept of this group is that the white race is superior to all others and I, quite frankly, have a hard time watching a dumb blonde, in overalls, proudly sporting a shirt with the swastika in the center, screaming in “red-neck” tongue that her “kind” is somehow, superior to others. Really? You might want to reconsider your spokespeople. After watching enough people stomping and saluting to the beat of how great whites are; I grew tired and turned it to educational programming; “The Family Guy”.

Days before catching that disgusting display of hatred humans, I stumbled upon Matthew Shepard’s story, a tragic murder of a boy, a boy that was homosexual. In 1998, Matthew Shepard was brought to a remote location where is was beaten and tortured and left to die, all in the name of hate. He was 21 years old.

This is only one of millions of tragic stories, unnecessary hatred, unwarranted murders and families that have to pick up the pieces after a loved one is stolen from them.

Is this too hard?

The color of my skin is obvious, though it might change a few shades in the summer months. You don’t know to look at me, my religion or my sexual preference… if either factor contributes to how you judge me, then I’m not telling! What difference does it make? I live how I live and I don’t hurt anyone in the process, I love all people and want to help my neighbor when I can. If you live the same way, then I don’t care the color of your skin, the God you follow, or who eats dinner at your table. Love and nurture your children, respect your fellow man and lend a helping hand if you have one to spare; is this concept so hard to understand? Like it or not, we are all forced to live together, why not appreciate your neighbor, you might need them some day.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Right on Cat! It doesn't matter how technologically advanced we become, until we learn to get along we will never survive.

      I do have to confess I have one pet peeve; whenever I am marching in the annual drag queen parade and my thong starts creeping up my ass...I just hate it =-Or

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      Man of Strength 4 years ago from Orlando, Fl

      Wow, another great hub. Being a Black man, some people hate me simply because of the color of my skin. Maybe in 50 years it won't be that way anymore.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I explained to my wife that her skin was much whiter than mine. She chided me and said I was silly. I asked her why, she said that she was Asian so her skin was yellow. I had been working a long time is some very hot sun. My son said I was a Red man. I am by genealogy Black Irish. But most often my skin is tanned brown, but the soles of my feet are always white.

      I wonder what I should choose to hate? I will let you know if I figure that out.

      Great read with a great message.

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      rmcmillen 4 years ago

      As a disabled man with a biracial child the only thing I tend to hate is ignorance, which is what most hate tends to stem from.

      Also.... hope you don't mind Cat, but I put a hyperlink in place within "Will Somebody Tell Me Why?" that will direct people straight here...... this is a must read for much of the nation.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Wayne,

      Gosh, I knew there was a reason I liked you so much, hahaha! I gulped when I saw I had a comment on this hub… I said “Here we go!”… then I read your comment… and I gulped again! You’re too stinkin’ funny! Thanks brother bear… I agree, I’m certainly not perfect, but I’d like to think I’m loveable and I love people, despite their flaws, heck… sometimes I love people because of their flaws! I’m glad you love people too :-) Thanks Wayne!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Man of Strength,

      I wish I could apologize on behalf of my entire race, but you and I both know, some people just don’t feel the way I do. I grew up in a small village with no other race and didn’t come into “contact” with any until Middle School, not in my house, but in general, being a white kid; there is a certain amount of being subjected to stereotypes and racism. Realizing that we’re all the same is something I’ve had to figure out on my own and now I’m making sure to teach my kids the same thing. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Eric,

      Wow, that was extremely profound! You’ve left me almost speechless and that is an almost impossible task! :-) You’re right… and truth be told, other than some stories at the family barbeque, I really don’t know what I am under all this white skin. Thanks Eric, I really appreciate it!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      rmcmillen,

      Shh… don’t look at me…I’m really not here :-) (Yes, I owe you a visit and I will make it there :-)

      You're right ignorance is the root of much evil and tolerance is only part of the answer. I'm not asking anyone to "tolerate" anyone's behavior... I'm simply suggesting that we don't hate it.

      With any hope, time will bring change; unfortunately some people feel that it is their duty to keep the hate alive.

      I'm flattered, go right ahead... I have to come by your way and see what you've been up to anyway.

      Thanks for stopping in buddy!

      Cat

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      rmcmillen 4 years ago

      Some just simply find it within themselves to fight change and fight it a little too hard........ and as far as tolerance, I hope that there is other pieces to the puzzle of an answer, or we may be S.O.L cause there are members of my own family that I can't seem to tolerate ;-)

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      RealityTalk 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Nice Hub Cat.

      My personal slant on the topic is that most people are prejudice. Their prejudices have little to do with color, race, religion, sex, size or preference of restaurants. My personal belief is that most prejudices stem from Egocentrism.

      As defined on Wikipedia: Egocentrism is characterized by preoccupation with one's own internal world. Egocentrics regard themselves and their own opinions or interests as being the most important or valid. Self-relevant information is seen to be more important in shaping one’s judgments than do thoughts about others and other-relevant information. Egocentric people are unable to fully understand or to cope with other people's opinions and the fact that reality can be different from what they are ready to accept.

      It all depends on what body one is born within. Prejudices are not limited to white bodies. They exist in white, black, red, yellow, brown and any other color body out there. Like you I do not perceive my color as white; I am more apricot, at least if I am compared to a Crayola. lol.

      Prejudices are also not limited to specific religions, philosophies, cultures, governments, etc.

      Prejudices and the hatreds that flow therefrom are egocentric born. No color, no race, no religion, no culture has a monopoly thereon. The best any of us can do is to rise above our own ego and not group ourselves as "one of them."

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      Carl Richardson 4 years ago from Midwest USA

      I'm from New Mexico, so everybody looks advanced to me. I can't tell the difference.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, you hit a home run with this one. I do not understand hate...I know it exists and I will stand up against it daily, but I do not understand it and never will.

      Well done my friend; sorry I'm late to the party.

      bill

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      What is really ridiculous is that most of these white supremacists don’t know what genetics are lurking under the color of their skin. I see a lot of “lily white” people with features of anything but Northern European. I'll bet many of these people are afraid to look into their ancestry.

      I always thought I was white, and I came from true Southern Belle culture, but then a foray into genealogy informed me that I was somewhere between one-quarter and one-third Native American. No wonder my peachy complexion turns to copper in the sun! It could just as easily have been Black or Asian. I was so proud to learn that I wasn't just a blah white person! So, I guess the moral is when you point your finger at someone else, you have three fingers pointing back at yourself. Don’t Hate, or you may find out the Truth. Hitler did and so did Stalin, and they couldn't take the truth, so they hated and tried to eradicate their very roots. Wonderful hub. Voted you up and useful!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      rmcmillen,

      Tolerance takes work, that’s for sure… I know what you mean, I think some of the conflict in families is that they feel more entitled to point out the err of your ways and of course, it’s easier to hurt the ones we love.

      I will try to catch up with you before the days over… I know I’m behind, forgive me :-)

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      RealityTalk,

      Prejudice, that’s the word! Egocentrism, there’s another! :-) Seriously… you hit the nail on the head. Sometimes, I just get filled with emotions and frustration and I let it out; my words certainly won’t be going down in history, but if one person changes the way they act, then my humble little words will have served a purpose.

      “ …most important or valid”… isn’t that the truth? . “Egocentric people are unable to fully understand or to cope with other people's opinions and the fact that reality can be different from what they are ready to accept”…. AHH! Those statements are disturbing and yes, very problematic!

      Apricot, nice :-) I can say I have been a victim to, and I hope not guilty of prejudice, and if I ever have been, I make a conscious effort not to be. The sad part is, it doesn’t require much effort, not on my part anyway.

      I guess no one is safe from prejudice!

      Thanks for adding so much depth to this conversation… you really had excellent points and directed attention where I had lacked.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Rchrdsnc,

      Ha, hey, I’m from Upstate, New York, but I don’t get out much and I can’t tell the difference either! Thanks for dropping in!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Billy,

      No apology necessary... you're late to the party because you're out saving the world and inpiring others to do the same! We don't have to accept others' ways of living, but hate is unnecessary.

      Thanks Billy, you inspire change... and there is probably a little less hate and a little more love in the world because of you!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      MizBejabbers,

      Hey pretty lady (whose skin color is unimportant to me! :-)

      You're right! I can guarantee that thousands of these "White Pride" kind, have a little more than "white" in their blood. I guess ignorance is bliss... to the ignorant anyway! :-)

      ..."a blah white person"... funny! I have felt the same way, anytime I learn more about my heritage and the possibility of other nationalities; I think it's great! It only makes us more interesting doesn't it?

      Oooh, I like the bit about pointing the finger... I think I will reuse that one!

      You speak the truth and I'm grateful you stopped by to speak up about it! Thanks again!

      Cat

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      Romeos Quill 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Cat

      "Nationalism is an infantile thing.It is the measles of mankind."-Albert Einstein(The World As I See It 1934).

      Hate just seems to be the foul rot of Ego,permeated by uneducated,uninformed ignorance.Nationalism is like a false Patriotism,where the passion has been exchanged for destructive appetite.Why should geography control the soul,or draw borders upon mankind's heart?Does it really matter where we come from?Surely it's where we're going that is more important;after all,God gave life to all,and death is no respecter of colour,race,sexuality or creed.

      If I could choose a flag for every country in this world,it would be a welcoming,multi-coloured child's hand,,with the palm facing inwards,so as this proud banner is raised aloft upon its flagstaff,flapping amidst the azure sky, the Summer wind would animate this aerial legend,ushering people everywhere into that country with its beckoning,turning away no one.

      Cat...you've done it again,with a beautiful Hub,containing a heady cocktail of sensitive issues which you've bravely tackled.I'm so proud of you!All the clickety-clicks for this one,fair maiden.

      Yours Truly,

      Romeo's Quill

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      R.Q.

      Aw that was beautiful, I couldn't have said it better myself... and I didn't, you did :-)

      I'm certainly not in the running for the Pulitzer Prize and I'm not breaking barriers, but I see so much senseless hatred and it's tragic. I'm not perfect, nobody's perfect... what is perfect anyway... isn't it up to debate and subjective? I don't have to love how someone lives, but I don't need to hate them because of it either. Sure, there are things maybe I don't agree with, but others can say the same about me, I'm sure. I'd like to think we would all be welcome in the same room.

      It's where we're going, not where we've come from matters... oh, that's beautiful!

      Thank you dear, you're too kind and as always, you add so much more to any conversation!

      Yours Truly,

      Cat

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      My mother was a real Nazi. She was a member of he Hitler Youth. I saw what good (evil) brainwashing can do. Can you imagine... her son dating a non-aryan?

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Your evocative and witty title , Cat, reminds me of a classic line from the Woody Allen film Annie Hall.

      Yes 'hate' is a strong word to use but that said I really do 'dislike a lot of people intensely' lol lol lol and the point being - all writers write because of one emotion - they have mixed feelings about life and living and especially people - or else you would not be writing at all.

      Conflict is the essence or backbone of drama and without drama you have no story.

      I also have an old saying and it may be a peculiar one - but this is the epi-man talking - but I always feel you're doing something wrong as a writer if 'everyone likes you' lol lol lol

      You always walk the walk and talk the talk Cat and dare to push the proverbial envelope and in the process you make us think and feel and love for who we are and how we can improve as well - the hallmarks of a great writer because the lady who holds this pen also happens to be a cheerleader for the human race and someone who always writes with her heart, soul, passion, humor and intellect.

      Love and hugs from the Cat-man himself and his furried buddies,

      Mister C and Mister Gabriel and Ms. Tiffy if you please

      lake erie time 7:30am just watched the daybreak over the lake with some nice baroque music

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Mhatter99,

      ...and thus adding to the many layers of Martin. That truly is interesting; I guess you have a deeper understanding and appreciation than most. I’m sure dinnertime was something else at your house :-)

      Thanks for dropping by!

      Cat

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      My Dearest Colin,

      A good morning to you! The sun decided to shine today, in your honor! :-)

      That’s some deep chit right there! :-) …and if drama equates to stories… well pull up a chair, ‘cause I got somethin’ to tell ya! :-)

      You’re too generous my dear! I do wince and cross my fingers every time I push the publish button, but it is the support from the likes of you that gives me the courage! I’m not making history… but I’m not repeating it either! I just want a little less hate in the world, is that so bad? Can’t we all just get along :-)

      Sending love right back at you and your furry little balls of love… did that come out wrong? :-)

      Your Cat

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      No that just about sounds right to me , and did I ever say I had cats? lol lol

      Furry little balls of love - gee that sounds like a working title for the Epi-man to play with, lol, gee Cat you're such a perspiration to me ......

      whoops I meant inspiration , lol .......

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Hahahaha... excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor! :D

      You're so stinkin' funny!

      I guess that could explain this Cat's trouble with coughing up fur balls?

      lol

      I always love a good perspiration... inspiration... I mean!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Please whatever you do my fine and delectable Cat - never choke on fur balls - I need you like a fresh coat of paint - everyday of my freakin' life or I will turn gay or go into a monastery to hide and drink Abbey beer.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Hahaha... you're so bad... I like bad :-) Well, I need you too, so I'll have to learn how to mange those damn fur balls! I won't choke I promise... don't go hiding in a monastery now... what a trip that would be... "Everyone, I'd like you to meet Colin!" lol.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ....the only monastery I want to be in - is the Monastery of loving our divine Cat of my nine lucky lives.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Oh, Colin... you're the best, and hey, these Monastery doors are always open, wide open.

      And hey, I'm due for a shower, but I am waiting... when is it you'll be coming home?

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ......in the shower with you and I'd never want the water to stop - I would be in the eternal fantasy of my very own Viagra Falls , lol lol

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      lol, I would never turn the water off my dear! I guess I better invest in a BIG hot water heater! :-)

      Viagra Falls... hahahaha

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Speaking as a tree-hugger and World Peace junkie, I like the direction you are headed in, Cat. I'd hug a girl who knows she's just a girl and like the planet almost as soon as I'd hug a tree! :)

      On a serious note, I don't think we need to deny the reality of hate in human society, but I do think we need to withdraw from it. Not into a cave, but into the peace within ourselves. If we are going to use TV or any other medium, let us either use it to nourish ourselves, or to engage the hatred and confusion only when we can do it in nourishing and healing ways.

      Voted up and awesome, by the way.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      SidKemp,

      Okay, so between you and me, I've been known to hug a tree or two, I'm not just an official member of the club :-)

      Good point, we can try to change the world, but in the meantime, choose the most peaceful path, rather than the scary one. I'm trying to nourish and heal the best I can... I know you are too :-)

      Thanks a bunch... and my arms, heart and mind are always open :-)

      Cat

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Can't you - did I just hear you speaking sweetly? :)

      Let's not make a world of tree-huggers vs. not tree-huggers, of lovers vs. haters, even. Let's all just be people - and let's not even make that official.

      Sending the tree nearest you a hug - please pass it on!

      Joy,

      Sid

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Yes Sid, I believe you you did :-)

      I agree.. no "vs." of any kind!

      Thanks and I will pass it on! :-)

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cat,

      I find it baffling how people think racism is gone. It's not. It's still very prevalent in American media and in the form of stereotypes.

      To be fair, no race hates one another, Hate is taught, anger is a state of mind.

      Ps.I just thought of you today,so I dropped to say Hi. I found you you wrote this hub,sorry I missed it when you published it.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      Oooh, so true... anger is a state of mind, and yes, hate is taught. I am not my neighbor, nor is my neighbor me, but I love them just the same. My neighbors may be filled with hate but I choose a more peaceful road.

      I fear racism nor prejudice will ever die, but if we choose not to participate then it means something and if I can get one person to agree, well, then I feel I've done my job.

      And thank you... I've hoped you've been feeling well after that recent cold of yours :-) I'll have to swing by your way for some more inspiration :-)

      Cat

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Cat,

      Thanks for asking,I m better now :)

      I think we cant eliminate prejudice because there is a lack of will. Those in power benefit from prejudice, so not all societies will change and as I said the media contributes and feeds the next generation with jaundiced views

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      James,

      "Jaundiced views", I like that... well the term, not the existence :-)

      But of course, our media is horrible, but there again... greed is one of the many sources of evil. We all know what sells and the media knows how to profit from it... I'm sick of all the bad news, are you telling me nothing good is going on in the world or that kind of news just doesn't pay the bills?

      Cat

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      When the young children I teach draw me, I am drawn with all different skin colors, black, white, peach, yellow and once, purple. They never see their "white" teacher, they just see their teacher. As someone once said : you have to be carefully taught to hate.

      Great piece Cat, thanks!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Theater girl,

      That was beautiful! It's sad but true and you said it perfectly. I choose to hate no one, fortunately my parents did not talk much on either side of the issue and through life experiences, I've learned myself that hate does no good and is actually more damaging to the hater than the hated... but I can assure you that had my parents been haters... I would not think the way I do today.

      Thank you so much Theater girl; you were already on my list of people to see, but now you've been bumped up :D

      Cat

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      I am so glad! Blessings to you !

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Aw, blessings to you too... and I will be there!!!

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Cat......BRAVO, my friend. This one goes beyond the voting choices we have....directly to, "Fabulous." I am there with you. Every word of your hub resonates within my heart. Count me in, without hesitation.

      This marvelous Universe full of colors, shapes, sizes, ethnicities and cultures of human beings, is ours to share, respect and love......to teach us, nurture, protect & challenge......WHO would dare to obstruct these gifts, with hatred?..........UP++++

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Hey pretty Paula lady, longtime no see :D The damn cable company turned off my electric for 24+ hours and now I'm 11 pages behind in emails that I can't seem to catch up on :-)

      Serioulsy though, thank you! Every bit of every word you said, truly touched me. I am honored and inspired by your nature. You are an unconditional lover and you don't have time for hatred... and neither do I. Thank you my dear, I hope all is well and I'm always thinking of you!

      Thanks so much for stopping and the lovely comments.

      Cat

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      Alex Munkachy 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Great hub, Cat. Washington D.C. has a number of skin head groups. Basically they are white trash drug addicts who were pushed to the fringe of the city when urban renewal started happening around 2005 and the rent started to go up. They claim that they are not racist, mainly because they are scared to get beat up by the neighborhood blacks. Pathetic!

      -Alex

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      mercuryservices,

      That's the exact kind of thing that disgusts me; tough guys, filled with hate... but mostly if they're group has more in it than the opposing one. Cowards!!!

      Thanks Alex and I'm passed due your way... coming now!

      Cat

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Cat

      Get a load of this ....

      An article found in the 'Sydney Herald'(Aussie newspaper):

      ' Robert Leys, a taxi driver who wears an SS cap and long boots, dresses in black and entertains his passengers with tapes of Nazi party war songs, has had his licence to drive a taxi revoked.Mr Leys said he would fight any attempt to take away his licence." This is the sort of thing that happened in Nazi Germany ",he said. ' lol!!

      Take it easy;

      R.Q.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      R.Q.

      Wow, that's some pretty messed up stuff! Not only should they take away his license to drive taxi, but they should run him over with it and say "This is what the Jews should've done in Germany!

      Thanks for supporting my claim the world has it's fair share of ignorant people :D

      Cat

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      AlishaRc 3 years ago

      I think this is true because there is so much hatred in the world. I am African American and I get called names because I like to wear bow ties. I actually don't see what the problem is because I think young ladies should be able to wear a bow tie if they wanted.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      You're right, there is way too much hatred in the world and it's a shame. Maybe if we love harder we can overpower all that unnecessary heavy hatred. Not only do I think it's awesome that you wear bowties, but I say keep doing it and do it with pride! The only reason people have something to say is because they're attempting to divert their negative feelings about themselves onto someone else. You should ignore them but feel sorry at the same time. You must be stronger than they! Thanks for coming by!

      Cat

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      I did a sort of editorial article for a website on basically the same topic a year or so ago. Only, having been a recipiant of racism myself (yes, shocking, I know. I wouldn't have expected it either, especially considering the fact that I grew up with friends from all over the world and the obvious) I focused on the point that everyone must treat others as they want to be treated instead of playing the role of the victim. It really irked me to be shown racism because of my skin color when these very same people complain about it happening to them, and not by me no less.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Shan,

      Really? A victim of racism? See, there really isn't a 'safe' race; but they're all the same to me. Anyone who participates in any form of racism is a hypocrite of sorts, in my opinion. It doesn't seem fair to be a person with love for all, no racism, no prejudices and yet, be a victim; it should happen to no one. I won't be a participant, even if I'm a recipient! Thanks girly!

      P.S. My mother brought me tomato plants on her way to work this morning.... so back in the garden I was! :D

      Cat

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Tomato plants are the best. We grew them last year, but the kiddos ate them before we could use them. Tried other things, too, but between the armadillos and skunks and whatever else liked to dig and eat things like watermelon, cantaloupe, and squash. . .we got peppers, tomatos, a few strawberries.

      As for the racism, yeah I know. It's not really so shocking to me now, but it was an eye opener, that's for sure. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt - that that wasn't what was going on. But then I started seeing it happening not just to myself and my family but to others as well. And then I realized it was going both ways and thinking how the hell does anyone expect it to change if they're all doing it?! Of course, all and everyone is a bit extreme, but too many involved in the cycle of anger and hate. I'm sure it goes back generations, but I didn't even live there when I was younger and my family didnt even come from there.

      Also there was little to know diversity, which was something else I was unaccostomed to. Don't know if that perpetuated the issue or not.

      All right sister, I'm off on a ladybug hunt.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      I planted one tomato plant last year and the rest by seed. The tomato plant had tomatoes ready early and we ate them as the seeds from the other tomatoes grew. It worked out perfect. I've had tomato seeds in the ground for a couple of weeks and they're sprouting, but I knew I'd have to wait forever to see a tomato. Now, this plants will have tomatoes before I know it... I'm so excited :D That's funny, your kids ate them up so quickly. My daughter loves tomatoes and we eat tomato sandwiches all the time. Armadillos, ha ha... I forgot, you're in Texas... certainly don't need to worry 'bout those here :D , but yes, skunks, birds and other varmint.

      'How the hell does anyone expect it to change if they're all doing it?!" - That right there shan, that says it all and that's what we need to fix!

      Ladybug hunt? lol...

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Yes, he's been bugging me all morning to help him find a ladybug...not finding many anymore as the weather gets hotter. Instead, I found about three spiders that I would rather have not seen at all! Can't stand those creepy, crawly things. Also found some kind of metallic blue bug. Strange bugs in Texas. One time I saw a great big black beetle with white polka dots. No idea what it was, but it was the size of a quarter.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      What an amazing & beautiful article! Very well written. :) I have lit a candle for you, and I pray you will always let your *inner light* shine!

      I have voted this up +++ shared & tweeted! :) You are a beautiful example of my "Light2Love" project. Shalom

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Hey shan, you ever find any ladybugs?

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Jo Goldsmith11,

      Thank you so much! I'm honored by your wonderful comments.

      What is your "Light2Love" project? I'd love to hear more, sounds like it must be something great.

      Thanks again,

      Cat

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Not really, no. I couldn't, but my daughter found one for him when she got home from school. What I found were too many spiders in the grass - eek! She had one in the house today, too. Guess she just knows right where to go. There used to be a ton of them all over the place, but with the weather warming, they're kind of scarce now.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Aww, look at that... big sister saving the day! :D

      I love ladybugs, but I don't see all too many of them anymore... maybe kids have special eyes? I used to love catching me some lightning bugs too!

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      I miss me some lightnin' bugs! I haven't seen many of them since I moved to TX.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      No lightning bugs in Texas??? Pffff!

      Yeah, my uncle showed me how to rub a lightning bug on your skin and glow when I was a kid. I spent all night catching one and when I tried it... all I ended up with was dull guts on my arm! EWWW :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Of course there are lightning bugs in Texas! I just haven't seen as many as I used to see when I was a kid! Haha

      EWWWWWWWW! That's hilarious!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      You must not be spending enough time outside at night! :D ... that's when the mosquitos eat me alive... they shouldn't be allowed out at night!

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      I'm out enough to know there aren't as many :-p Maybe too warm for them. Don't even think I've seen a single one this year.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Maybe it's the greenhouse gases? :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Dunno.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Global Warming... that's what I meant :D ... I'm just being a nerd... past my bedtime :D

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Mine too. Because I knew what you really meant and didn't even think twice about it!

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      Dear Cat, you don't seem to realize who you are talking to. If they could understand the concept you have spoken of here they would agree with you, but they cannot. You can't reason with the kind of people you are talking about. For example Fred Phelps Sr., founder and leader of the Westboro Baptist Church -- pickets funerals of soldiers and little children among others, and says God hates fags, that God is causing the deaths of these soldiers and children to punish us for allowing homosexuality in our country, etc. You are not going to get anywhere with people like that. They really and truly do not have the ability to understand.

      Up and sharing.

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      Levertis Steele 3 years ago from Southern Clime

      Cantuhearmescresm,

      There seems to be a rush to do so many ugly things in these times. I do fear that ignorance (unawareness) plays a great part in it all.

      What a useful hub!

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Au fait,

      You're so smart... and I mean that, but sometimes being smart makes the world an ugly place and I can understand why ignorance is often bliss. You're right, what an ugly truth. When we talk about these things, the only ones that will have any compassion are the ones who are already willing to bend, the others that are being referred to won't waste their time even reading and if they did, I'm sure it wouldn't change anything.

      I live how I live and hope that people just take me for who I am. Who am I to suggest I'm any better than anyone else? I don't understand why others find this so hard to do?

      Fred Phelps Sr. is a disgrace to mankind... and he's certainly only one of millions, but what a poor example to be setting, especially being in the position he is in, with others looking up to him and following his lead. Sometimes I think it is exactly that, that continues to fuel people like that.

      Thanks for stopping and sharing!

      Cat

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Levertis Steele,

      Thank you so much! It's a sad time and place we're living. It wasn't that long ago that I grew up, myself and it seemed so much more innocent... so much more family-type things. You'd think we'd come further along with the changing times, but it just seems there's more hatred in the world. I refuse to hate anyone... hate only drags down the one doing the hating and besides, I have no reason to hate.

      Thank you again, I really appreciate your comments and the visit.

      Cat

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