A plea for peace and compassion


My family is heartbroken over the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the many other black Americans we have seen unjustly treated by police in recent years. We are horrified by the killings of five Dallas police officers in Texas and the three Baton Rouge officers killed in Louisiana. We are also saddened to hear the frequent news of senseless killings in other countries around the world. We grieve and shed tears for the families affected by all of these tragedies. What is so disturbing is the feeling of an increasing frequency of such violent acts.

We cannot believe the notion that this violence in our world, in our country, in our community, is inevitable and must be tolerated. We must stand together in solidarity with our neighbors, our fellow citizens, our brothers and sisters. We must work together to build relationships with one another based on love and peace with an understanding of all our differences. We must stand up and demand that our country can be a safer place for all and we must reject the idea that a violent, hateful culture will be the way we leave this country for future generations.

This is a time to build community, to show love and compassion for each other and to listen to those around us. It is time to show humanity to the oppressed and to not label all because of a few bad actors. Shake hands or hug your neighbor, your family, and others in your community. Please start a conversation with those around you, tell them that you stand in defense of this great country. Tell them this country must care about all of its people equally, embracing all of our differences, whether it be race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, class or occupation, for we are all Americans. Stand up and denounce this violence and hate that divides us. Stand up and show your community what America really can be, a country less divided, less hateful, less scared. We may disagree politically and on many issues for that is what makes this country great, but we cannot disagree when it comes to loving thy neighbor, wanting to live in a peaceful society, and building an accepting community around us that cares for all of its people. We can be better than this; WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS.

We know we are not the only ones that feel this way. If these issues affect you the way they have affected us, then reach out to your elected representatives, think twice when heading, to the polls this November, engage yourself in your community. But most importantly please promote love, compassion and community not hate, violence and fear.

Thomas Broder
Broders’ executive chef, owner