Facts over Fear: The fear of the ‘other’ and the impact on our communities

Produced By: - October 19, 2023 3:35 pm
Some difficult and timely thoughts in this week’s Facts Over Fear.

How would you feel if the person you loved the most in the entire world was targeted or attacked due to the tone of their skin, the sound or spelling of their name, or where they choose to pray?

Some difficult and timely thoughts in this week’s Facts Over Fear.

A brutal murder of a little Palestinian boy in Illinois. Vandalism at synagogues. A gun pointed at protesters in Harrisburg. Marchers praising heinous acts.

These are awful but familiar patterns of crimes against Jewish and Muslim communities when violence escalates in the Middle East.

But why?

Because there is underlying antisemitism and islamophobia in this country being fed and amplified by hatred and fear. It is unacceptable.

It’s OK to be passionate,  and we will often have differing opinions. It’s good to have civil discourse. But we must lead with our shared humanity. We must listen to understand, not just to respond.

And we must recognize that without fostering mutual respect and dignity, we will never be able to work together to address common challenges and create a better future for all.

And that, my friends, is a fact.

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Natalie Bencivenga
Natalie Bencivenga

Natalie Bencivenga is a socially conscious journalist and hosts a weekly show on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Follow her on Instagram at NatalieBencivenga.


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