Can you tell I'm coming at y'all with something serious today? Just in case you're not in the mood to read about my frustrations, I suggest you hit the little red x and come back another day.
Still here? Ok then, you've been warned.
If you ask me, in this day & age, there is no reason for the amount of ignorance and blatant disregard that I have seen regarding people who are of color or of a religion different from someone else. We have access to so much available through the media (and I am not talking about all the biased news stations these days) and more than that through face-to-face discussions with people who are different than us.
The problem, in my opinion, is that so many people don't care to have those conversations. We don't care to research what is actually happening versus basing all of our judgments straight from what we hear on the news. We don't want to talk to other people about their experiences, what they believe in, how it's the same and how it may differ from our beliefs. It's just easier to have someone spoon feed us what we should be thinking & saying, "yep, that's how I feel."
No. No, friends. This attitude that we have that we can ignore what is really happening in the world - or that it doesn't really affect us - it's ruining us. What has been and currently is happening around the world affects us all.
Today, I was playing around on Facebook and I came across the page of a friend who I have known since middle school. This friend had posted up a bunch of pictures of the gorgeous mosques that they are getting a chance to see while visiting Istanbul. As I opened up the pictures to look through them, I saw that someone had commented with this gem "I've always known you were a potential terror suspect."
So then I wrote this post on my page:
And then I commented on the pictures with this:
Just as predicted, the poster of the "potential terror suspect" commented back to me about how their comment was a joke. Um, no. It's not a joke. And here's why:
This kind of behavior that everything that is said can be a joke whenever we want it to be is not okay. It is our duty to speak up. To say something when we see people being ignorant, hateful, spiteful and overall, uneducated.
I guess the point of this whole post is to ask you all to please take a stand when you hear/see this kind of bigotry. I know it's not always easy, but just because my skin color and my religion is different than yours doesn't mean my heart doesn't bleed red too.
Let's do our part to stand up for our fellow humans.