We don’t delve much into political or social issues on the Pat and Tom show because we know most listeners come to our station for the music and as an escape from that stuff.
But that doesn’t mean we won’t occasionally make an exception.
When we saw the news this week that a Roseville mosque and two Tahoe Park businesses–MoMo’s Meat Market and Supreme Barber Lounge on Broadway–were vandalized with hate graffiti, we felt it was important to say something on air. Bottom line: there is NO place for hate in our communities–it isn’t who we are.
I’ve never understood racism or hate–they both make your world so much smaller. Isn’t it just as easy, and a helluva lot more productive, to just live and let live..to, as Tim McGraw sang so wonderfully this past year, “always stay humble and kind”? Who cares what color or sexual orientation a person is, or what culture they come from? Are they a good person? That’s all that should matter. And you won’t ever know that without getting to know them.
The one thing Pat and I have noticed all these years working together: when something bad happens, that’s when you really see the good in people. Most of us, we believe, are looking for reasons to step up and help. Most of us, we believe, want nothing more than to make our communities better and see that everyone in those communities–white, black, brown, purple with pink polka dots– does well. Most of us, we believe, are happy for the success of others, and are more than willing to lend a hand, when a hand is needed and show support, when support is needed.
Which is why Pat and his sons are going to go get some kick *ss barbecue from MoMo’s (we hear the tri-tip and pepperjack mac and cheese are killer). It’s why I’ve written a short note to the mosque in the town where I live, Roseville, and tell them that neither I nor anyone I know there has a problem with them being a part of our community at all (you can too. Click here). It’s why, if you need a haircut, we suggest maybe giving the Supreme Lounge a try once they get their equipment (which was–insult to injury– stolen) replaced.
Most of us know this already but…diversity doesn’t hurt us. It makes us stronger. It also makes us more interesting, smarter, harder working, competitive, fun, respectful and, yes, colorful.
And I feel incredibly sorry for those who are either unable or unwilling to see that.