The hypocrisy continues of those in politics and the media who readily condemn violence as a means to settle our differences at home but deftly support it when the victims are far away and not quite like us.

Pundits and politicians have been quick to consider who is really to blame for the recent tragedy in a grocery store in Tucson. The one thing they, and we all, immediately recognized was that the killing was wrong.

If something similar were about to happen again, what would you do to stop it? It’s hard to know the mind of a lone gunman, but what would you do if you found out the killer was part of a well-funded, well-organized ongoing campaign with the near-full support of the government and news media? What if you were supporting it with your taxes? What if the victims weren’t “white”? What if they were visiting a store in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia instead of a familiar grocery down the road? Then what would you do?

As Martin Luther King Jr. said in a sermon in 1967, a year before his murder, “There’s something strangely inconsistent about a nation and a press that will praise you when you say, ‘Be non-violent toward [segregationist sheriff] Jim Clark,’ but will curse and damn you when you say, ‘Be non-violent toward little brown Vietnamese children.’ There’s something wrong with that press!”

The hypocrisy continues of those in politics and the media who readily condemn violence as a means to settle our differences at home but deftly support it when the victims are far away and not quite like us.

King was right –– there’s something wrong with our press. There’s something wrong with our government. And there’s something wrong with us if we do nothing in the face of this ongoing injustice.

If you agree with me that killing people for no good reason is immoral, regardless of their color, creed or nationality, then let us get into the habit of doing something prevent to it: Organize a monthly march for peace. Write your president, senators and representatives every week until they stop funding these wars. Boycott the companies that profit from the killing of others. Write your local news organizations whenever they exhibit such brazen hypocrisy. Keep reminding all these war supporters that the majority of Americans still oppose their brutal agenda. Explain to them again that violence begets violence.

If you can imagine more creative non-violent strategies, try them, but please do something regularly. If you do nothing, the killing will continue.

Chris Lubbers

Fillmore Township, Mich.

-- The Holland Sentinel (Mich.)