I’m so tired of seeing and hearing people belittle each other for something so silly as their color, sexual orientation, religion, etc. This country was founded on the freedoms that we still sort of enjoy. I understand that when those freedoms were being penned that slavery was still an integral part of this country. However, after more than 200 years, shouldn’t we be past all of that? Shouldn’t we now look inside of a person for their worth instead of the outside?
The last time I checked, no black person was bothering me or my family for just being black, no lesbians were harming my ability to love my family and my boyfriend, no atheists were preventing me from knowing that God exists (my opinion, not everyone’s opinion). None of those people have harmed me in any way. I can still decide whether or not to befriend someone by their merit and their personalities, rather than what color their skin is, who they love, and who or what they believe.
I feel that, as a country, while there have been strides to take us into the right direction, there have also been LEAPS backwards. When a black kid can’t walk to the store to buy snacks without being deemed “suspicious,” a gay or lesbian couple can’t walk down the store aisle holding hands without being taunted, whispered about, or laughed at, when an atheist (or enter whatever religion that isn’t Christian) can’t speak their mind without being told that they’re going to HELL to “burn for all eternity” we’ve gotten NO WHERE.
I live in Ohio, and still hear people calling blacks the “N” word (which I hate), see interracial couples, and still see people shake their heads or say rude things about them. In my state it is still illegal for two people who love each other to marry, just because they’re both the same sex, I still hear people saying stupid remarks behind their backs, and even in some cases to their faces. I still hear rude remarks when someone pronounces their disbelief in God. It’s time for all of this to STOP.
I have no issues hearing views from people who are different from me. This world would be a very boring place to live if we were all exactly the same. This is NOT Stepford, and we are not all wives. I’m not blonde, I’m not 120 lbs, I’m no where NEAR perfect, and yet I have a loving boyfriend, 3 children, and no one really talks about me (unless they dislike me, and personally I don’t give a rip ).
As Americans, we all consider ourselves above other countries, and yet, some of these other countries are leaps and bounds ahead of us in tolerance. They have stopped judging, and started living by the credo “Live and let live.” I’m ready for that to be MY motto, as well as the world. None of these people are hurting us, and our marriages and religions, love for our God and our children are perfectly safe.
It’s time to stand up and say “I love you for who you are, not who you love, what color your skin, what you believe or don’t believe, and you are my FRIEND!” I want my children to be able to grow up in a world where it’s okay to be different without being bullied for being so. I know this is a lot to ask, but why is it so difficult? I just want someone to tell me why we must all be the same to be accepted!
I’m not asking you to invite a pedophile, a murderer, or a rapist into your homes, I’m asking you to accept people who are different from you for who they are. I’m tired of hearing “I’m not racist because I have FRIENDS who are gay, black, atheists….” that doesn’t make you tolerant at ALL. I want to hear you say, “I accept everyone until they give me reason NOT to.” Isn’t that how we choose our friends anyway?
— Melody Boals (@FiveInOhio) June 13, 2012