Statement on Recent Hate Crimes and Related Tragedies
The Indianapolis Urban League extends its deepest condolences and prayers to the families, friends and congregation impacted by the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and the Kroger in Louisville. We are disheartened by the rise in anti-Semitic and racially motivated hate crimes which are tearing at the core and fabric of our cities, our country, and our people.
Indiana remains one of five states without a Hate Crimes Law. Governor Holcomb committed to pursuing a law after a Carmel synagogue was vandalized with swastikas and Nazi symbols earlier this year. However, he cannot achieve this alone. Outrage at hate related vandalism, violence and murder can no longer appear to be confined to the targeted populations. Our already fragile sense of community is being threatened and no one is totally safe anywhere; including in our churches, grocery stores, schools or synagogues.
Yes, a Hate Crimes Law will help but a change for the better in our hearts and minds is needed now more than ever. Through our sadness, we as people of diverse faiths, ethnicities, genders, race, religion, and orientations must work together to pursue change for our state. As people we must come together, not just in moments of despair, we must come together every day and show that we truly value humanity, civility, peace and life by no longer allowing ourselves to be divided by hateful rhetoric and extremism.
Anthony “Tony” Mason