Today is Monday. Today I continued my reading of a novel by Ruta Sepetys, between shades of gray. Ruta is the daughter of a Lithuanian refugee. This resonates for me because my grandparents emmigrated from Lithuania and settled in Boston.
Ruta’s novel gives a voice to the thousands of people murdered under Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror. In the story, a woman who has a mental breakdown because she lost her baby, is murdered by the NKVD, shot in the head like a dog.
“Over the past year, a series of controversial police killings of unarmed victims — including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Tamir Rice in Cleveland and Eric Garner on Staten Island — has raised questions over what it takes for officers to face criminal charges. Often, the public is divided over whether the police went too far. Only in rare cases do prosecutors and grand juries decide that the killing cannot be justified.
Such cases include a Michigan state trooper who shot and killed an unarmed homeless man in Detroit as he was shuffling toward him, the man’s pants down past his knees. The incident was captured on video, and the officer, who said he thought the man had a gun, was charged with second-degree murder. A jury accepted the officer’s account and found him not guilty. He remains on the job.” The Washington Post
I compared this novel to Eric Metaxas’ great work, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. This is another great book discussing how “Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and author.”
One particular candidate calls Mexican people criminals, rapists, drug dealers and need to be walled out. But, where will he put the current Mexican people in this country? He advocates violence and offers to pay the legal fees of those committing acts of violence. He asks his followers to promise they will vote for him no matter what. They raise their hands in an eerie and chilling salute.