Who Is Mr. Serling Talking About?

“Where will he go next, this phantom from another time, this resurrected ghost of a previous nightmare – Chicago? Los Angeles? Miami, Florida? Vincennes, Indiana? Syracuse, New York?Twilight Zone

“Anyplace, every place, where there’s hate, where there’s prejudice, where there’s bigotry.

“He’s alive.

“He’s alive so long as these evils exist.

“Remember that when he comes to your town.

“Remember it when you hear his voice speaking out through others.

“Remember it when you hear a name called, a minority attacked — any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being.

“He’s alive because through these things we keep him alive.”

–Rod Serling, Closing Narration of Episode 106, The Twilight Zone. Air Date: January 24, 1963

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  1. Hitler. Dennis Hopper was a neo-Nazi. Great episode.

    Comment by Bill Schreiber — 8.02.2013 @ 4:02 pm

  2. In reality, he is talking about all or any of us who are hate filled and behave in the most reprehensible, terrible ways . The tragedy is how many of these folks have come out from the swamps where they dwell – the Nugents, the Limbaughs, any number of those serving in legislatures all over this nation and in Washington. Bravo to Mr. Serling for his cautionary remarks – it would be great if we could remember them each and every day.

    Comment by S Carey — 8.02.2013 @ 6:34 pm

  3. Leave it to the arts to offer the timeless relevant statements. This also resembles, in reverse, the Steinbeck tribute to the common man in the voice of Tom Joad [Grapes of Wrath].

    Comment by JoAnn Anglin — 8.02.2013 @ 11:13 pm

  4. Great insight, JoAnn — thanks for that post! And, brought to mind the terrific duo or Springsteen and Morello doing Springsteen’s “Ghost of Tom Joad” — speaks to much of what exists, tragically, today.

    Comment by sambolina — 8.03.2013 @ 8:55 am

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