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What would Fred Rogers do?

The “President” seems intent on coming to Pittsburgh today. As Sarah Sanders says, it’s his nature to fight back when he’s criticized. We might well wonder why the most powerful man in the world feels like he has to strike back at others when his feelings are hurt. But this is not a man who understands the privilege of his position or can rationalize when vengeance or need for attention is inappropriate.

So, I look to Fred Rogers today. I saw his Neighborhood set when I volunteered during a fundraiser for WQED when I was a student at Pitt. The castle where King Friday and Lady Elaine Fairchilde lived stood out in my mind and I have a fleeting memory of seeing Rogers as he passed through the studio.

We are very proud that Fred Rogers called Pittsburgh his home. Here’s what I think he would have said about today. This is from his book The World According to Mr. Rogers.

Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”

Maybe it’s not possible to perfectly care for Donald Trump today. Maybe we should allow ourselves to struggle with that. But we can show him how we love each other and will not let manufactured resentment and hatred overcome us.

Hold hands, look both ways when crossing the street and watch out for each other. We are all Pittsburgh today.

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