Yesterday, a story in the Sacramento Bee said a man saved another man from a horrible fire. A man on the side of the road trapped in a burning car. People standing there, frozen, watching him screaming, burning to death. Suddenly, another car stops, a man jumps out, races into the flames, busts out the window, and pulls the man to safety.
“He came out of nowhere,” a witness said, “like Superman!”
The newspaper didn’t say a Mexican immigrant who spoke no English, because he was. It didn’t say he dove into the fire to save a white man. It didn’t say a Catholic man saved a Christian man, or a poor man saved a rich man. He was just a man.
Through a translator they asked this hero why he risked his life diving into the fire. “He needed help, so I helped him,” he answered simply.
Not a brown face, or a purple face, a human face. Able to leap religion, race, insane, stupid politics in a single bound. More powerful than runaway hate,
© Charles Mariano