MNEWS: Alma Mater students and faculty join community to mourn


Gathering at Riverdale Monument honors lives lost in New Zealand mosque massacre
Posted: Mar 17, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

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Community members from the Hudson Valley gathered in the Bronx Sunday to honor the lives lost in the New Zealand mosque massacre.

The terror attack on two mosques killed 50 people and injured 50 more in the city of Christchurch.

Students and faculty from Manhattan College were joined by community members at the Riverdale Monument in the Bronx to show support for the lives lost to the attacks.

Mehnaz Afridi, a Bronxville native and director of the HGI Center at Manhattan College, says that type of intolerance crosses borders and affects everyone. She says the group wants to show that no matter where you are in the world, hate is never the answer.

Afridi says the community also gathered at the memorial a few months ago after a synagogue was attacked in Pittsburgh.

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[JR:  Probably more important than the parade, is a statement that such intolerance is unacceptable.  As a little L libertarian, to me, it’s important to extend to others the rights I want for myself.  Religious, ethnic, racial, or other forms of “hate” must be rebuked in the strongest terms possible.  “Christians” were murdered by “Muslims” shortly after Christchurch. “eye for an eye”. “First they came …” is a famous statement and provocative poem attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis’ rise to power and the subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.…  Lest we forget.  Today, we are all minorities.]

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