Saturday, June 13, 2009

Holocaust Memorial Museum Shooting

Statement of NAACP President and CEO Benjamin T. Jealous on the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum
The tragedy at the Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10 reminds us of the on-going urgent need for all of us to follow the principals of religious tolerance and understanding. We strongly condemn the apparently hate-based, anti-Semitic motivation for the shooting at the Museum. We wish to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families most directly affected by the incident: Washington, D.C., Special Police Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns, who was fatally wounded in the attack; and the family of James von Brunn, the suspected gunman. The NAACP believes it vital, at such a time, to recall the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that