This time of uncertainty and anxiety is not the time for hateful extremists to find their messages mainstreamed, or any comfort whatsoever in mainstream narratives.
This is a time for unity.
This is a time for community.
This is a time for love.
As we all figure out life in this temporary new normal, physically isolated from our loved ones, our networks and our lives, this is a time when we need each other and we need love. We need to strongly and unequivocally deny hatred into our lives, and strongly and unequivocally reach out in unity so that we can fight this virus and the hate that it has brought to light collectively, stronger together.
Love, community, and hope keep us alive. Hatred, bigotry, and fear divide and conquer us.
It’s a question of humanity. It’s a question of morality and love. And it’s a question of survival.
Jerry Gonzalez is executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, (GALEO). Allison Padilla-Goodman is vice president, Southern Division, of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).