‘Better angels’ and bigots
Last week, the The Durham News/The News & Observer published a marvelous article by Mark Schultz describing a young woman who is waiting for a heart transplant and was visited by a group of people who learned of her plight and came to cheer her up.
To be clear, these were strangers who were moved by the suffering of another and came, some from great distance, to try to alleviate it in some way. These are truly our “better angels,” to borrow from Lincoln.
In the same week we are forced to contrast such open-hearted generosity with the actions of a mean-spirited, poisonous legislature, enabled by a pusillanimous governor, which passed a bill so beyond the pale of decency and common sense as to be laughable if it were not so tragically offensive.
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It took the predecessors of these bigots and hypocrites 84 years to repeal forced sterilization and eugenics laws. Let us hope the repugnant HB2 will vanish more quickly.
RDB Jaquiss M.D.
Professor of surgery and pediatrics
Duke University School of Medicine
Spreading the love
Thank you to these wonderfull entertainers for spreading the love, and thank you Durham News and N&O for publishing this article, (http://bit.ly/1Prri8v) especially in light of the hatred coming from Republican lawmakers ... Jim Crow laws are only a signature away