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Saturday, February 13, 2016
This time the caller carried a wholly different message, "Mr. Tabbara, I read the Daily Herald article 'Tolerance takes a hit' yesterday, and I just want you to know that I stand in solidarity with you. I happen to be an Irish-American; let me tell you, when my ancestors came to this country, they were treated inhumanely. I want you to know that despite the tremendous prejudice they faced they “have finally made it.”
I was so touched by this empathetic expression of camaraderie that I was at a loss for words. And it was thanks to you.
The gentle and humane face that a genuinely honest article such as yours puts on our otherwise mysterious and marginalized community brings out the best in readers. Here indeed is an Irish-American man who was moved enough by your article to get up and find my number and reach out to me. At such times, I am reminded of the true American and Chicagoan soul, that which stands up for truth and justice and that appreciates the humanity of all Americans. The Irish-American gentleman and you have relayed that message home to me - yet again.
I say thank you though words simply cannot express my gratitude to reporters such as yourself who are fully conscious of their sacred duty of reporting in a socially responsible way.