Calming violence

The Christian Science Monitor

Violence has the tendency to beget violence. It is not a healer, the resolver of conflict, or an aid to progress. Knowing this, community leaders and religious figures throughout the Los Angeles area called for calm and peace after the recent riots.

Defusing racial tensions and healing long-standing social inequities require attention. Many groups, along with government agencies, will work at this problem. But what can you or I do as individuals? What can we do right now?

One thing is to face up to our own prejudices or fears. Fear that we will never be treated justly. Fear of those who look different or whose background, nationality, or culture is different from our own. What guidance is available to uncover and remove the causes of such fears?

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Don't keep it to yourself
July 13, 1992

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