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Letter: The Capitol siege was hatred. But Ty Jordan tributes show love will prevail

Utah Utes running back Ty Jordan (22) is pictured during a college football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

This morning, I woke up to find social media flooded with anger and mentions of storming the Capitol, rioting, looting, protesting and shooting. I wondered if this could truly be America, land that I love. After some thought, I realized it is.

I know this because alongside these angry posts were many for a local football player, Ty Jordan. He died Christmas night, hurting the hearts of many. Posts and likes supporting this boy were made from people who believe in the most opposite of politics. In his passing, so many found unity in a time of separation. It was not Democrats or Republicans mourning. It was neighbors and friends and strangers.

No matter how loud politics get, I believe that love for each other will always be stronger. Once upon a time, someone brought you soup when you were sick or called you when you were lonely or comforted you when you were scared, and in those moments, it didn’t matter what party or group they belonged to — it only mattered that they were kind. I believe that even with the world being what it is, love will prevail over hate, if only we remember to be kind.

Sadie Hansen

West Jordan