I have to admit that I’m taken aback by the vitriol spewed at Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik for his commentary stating, “Arizona has become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
Stepping back, I pondered who might this statement offend? Who does the truth hurt and why? Who is most likely to overreact to a statement like this? If you feel angry reading this, it just might be you.
Racism isn’t logical; it’s learned behavior from those who modeled these behaviors for us. The term is operand conditioning. It’s typical fear-based stuff.
We all have the ability to change that which is not working for us, to evolve. The Tucson massacre, as saddening as it may be, is an opportunity. An opportunity to learn and to grow.
D.J. Diebold, Scottsdale/Mesa