For the longest time, I really thought people thought the same as I do. I thought that racism and bigotry were something of the past. I thought segregation and separation were non-existent. I really thought these things were something just in history books. Yeah, I showed up late to the party.
You see, I heard of things every once in awhile, but I always thought these were just random acts. Until these random acts became everyday actions…
So here it goes.
I’m writing this because I want to share something that I have always kept with me. “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31. These words mean so much whether you are religious or not, so stick with me. Because my eyes are a lot wider than they have ever been, I now realize that we are not the same. No, I am not talking race. I am talking about literal beliefs. I am talking about the way we treat others. I am talking about HATE. I am not blaming a certain culture for this. Who I am blaming are the people that pass immoral values from generation to generation. We are not born to hate. Hate is learned.
This past weekend our country witnessed horrific actions in Charlottesville, VA which left 3 people dead and many injured. I have read many articles and Facebook posts and Twitter feeds from all sides, and the one thing that is missing in all that I read is love. It seems like people have forgotten how to love each other, but they sure do know how to hate. If anyone states their opinion, others are quick to judge. People are afraid to have conversations. People are afraid of those who don’t practice the same religion or have the same marriage principles. People are afraid of those who don’t look like them. People are forgetting the Golden Rule.
I have encountered many who claim to preach the gospel and walk the walk of their Christian faith, but then turn around and criticize, damn near crucify someone who doesn’t think like them. I have people who say, “well I have Black/White/Asian/Hispanic friends”. I have heard people generalize people based on their race, such as “All black men wear their pants below their waist,” That one was said to me. *Insert Side Eye*
Damn, this shit hurts.
So, what’s next?
Check yourself, because honestly, I have to check myself.
I know it is hard work, but I am willing to do what I can to be apart of the solution and not the problem.
Who is ready to join me in spreading love and not spewing hate?
“If you’re not outraged you’re not paying attention.” -Heather Hayer
Heather was killed August 12th in Charlottesville, VA. She was 32 years old.