The script for what caused the Springfield race riot was written eons before 1908: the story from the Bible everyone knows, be they Jew or Gentile. Tempted by Satan himself, Eve ate the forbidden fruit. When challenged by Adam, Eve shifts the blame and Earth’s first residents began their
lives of deception; lives they passed on to their own children and future generations of Earth’s inhabitants.
“Instead of checking with each other, instead of having a communion or a communication with each other, they started going their own way,” said Msgr. David Hoefler, vicar general,
in his homily during the Mass to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the Springfield race riot. The riot was fueled by reports of white women being assaulted by black men.
“People acted out of hatred, bigotry, racism, and they let their emotions run wild, destroyed property, and, worse, killed their brothers and sisters, other human beings. It gets that way all too easy. That was played out over, and over, and over again.”