The amount of hatred and discrimination against someone’s race, religion, ethnicity and/or sexual orientation has always been a problem in the world we live in.
It absolutely boggles my mind thinking about it because, why would someone have the audacity to hurt a person who’s not exactly like him/her either verbally or physically? We were all created as equals, but for some reason, we can’t learn to live with each other peacefully nor can we learn to accept other people for who they are. Whether if you’re gay, black or white, catholic or Muslim, crippled or sick, nobody deserves to be discriminated because of their race, religion and/or sexual orientation. And if you are the person that discriminates someone for whatever reason, I’d tell you to think twice and look at yourself first before judging someone else, because nobody deserves to be mistreated.
The constant issue of social equality is not even close to ending, but if you look around outside, there are millions of people who are making a difference in the world and you might be that person who is doing so. After all, a journey to a thousand miles begins with one step. That’s all it takes.
Speaking of making a difference, yesterday I saw this amazing documentary talking about the legacy of John Lewis called, “Get In The Way: The Journey Of John Lewis.” It was a very sad documentary but at the same time, what he did to overcome racism and the brutality in that time period was absolutely incredible. A man who made a difference in the world and never stopped fighting for social justice and equality. He knew at that time what he was getting into, even for doing the right thing, but regardless of being sent to jail or getting a beating, he never gave up. One of the most striking moments was when a man, also a former leader of the KKK, came up to him several years later and apologized for being that racist and for hurting him physically, and John Lewis’ only answer was simply, “I forgive you.”
It is said that later, this documentary will be shown throughout the schools as a way to educate the students about this difficult time period. In the end, forgiveness and kindness come a long way, if you believe something is wrong and should be fixed then do something about it and make that difference in the world, be hopeful and mindful to yourself and each other and never give up. Unfortunately, racism and discrimination will always be a part of this world, but you can be that person that ends it. After all, it’s A Fight For Social Justice and A Fight For Social Equality!