We live in a cold world. As Americans we believe that we are immune to trouble and that the real evil is outside of the contiguous 48. We couldn’t be more wrong.

I go to Nigeria each and every year, and every time, some of the people I invite turn down the offer because of the danger over there. Granted, some in Nigeria have committed ruthless, heartless, and evil acts. But there is imminent danger in the U.S. as well. People remind me of the atrocities that occur at schools in Nigeria, but then I remind myself that schools here experience attacks too. These atrocious acts of violence in Nigeria are appalling, but what may be even more gut-wrenching are the evils that go on right beneath our noses.

Recently I watched 12 Years A Slave, which won numerous Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and BAFTA Awards. This movie is a true story about a free black man from upstate New York who, in 1841, was abducted and sold into slavery. He spent the next 12 years of his life as a slave in the South before he was finally vindicated. This sad, true story was a reminder of some of the atrocities that African-Americans faced many years ago. But what is even more appalling is that the same mindset of racism is still prevalent today.

Donald Sterling, the owner of the LA Clippers, recently went on a rant to his girlfriend about his dislike for African-Americans. He says things like, “Don’t bring them to my games” and “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people.” These comments are offensive, appalling, and hateful. Yet there are many more Donald Sterlings all around us. Though outward acts of racism, sexism, and bigotry have decreased, inward views and feelings of hatred still prevail.

Pray for Donald Sterling and those like him. Pray for those whose hearts are filled with hate. And finally, stand up against injustices. Not just abroad, but at home as well.