23 thoughts on “Equality

  1. I believe in a world that equality truly exists. At this point in my life I’ve realized that the world is not equal in many ways and that some people have a greater chance at doing well in life just because of their skin color. I think that is so unfair and it shouldn’t be used to judge or decides someone’s opportunity to do better in life.

    From my personal experience I remember very clearly in 2017 when my family was trying to rent a house from someone l. Over the phone she was all smiles etc but in person when she realized it was a black family, she decided not to rent it to us. She said that she didn’t want a black family living in her house. My family didn’t challenge her on her take because of course it’s her house but also we didn’t want to live in someone’s house who clearly doesn’t like black people and is someone who has lived in privilege.

    That experience made me realize that equality doesn’t truly exists in this country as much as people may think it does. I was once positive about this world becoming more equal and accepting but now because of recent events I feel this world and especially this country is downgrading the importance of equality and the state of having the same rights and opportunities has everyone else.

    I hope that I get proven wrong someday but as of right now equality doesn’t exist and it’s a myth in this country. I envision a world where everyone is equal, we all love each other and we’re not discriminated on just because of our skin color, race , sex or national origin. I truly believe that with equality in the world everyone will have a fair chance at life and will achieve anything they want with hard work. Just give everyone an EQUAL chance at life because we all have the right to have a life.

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    • Thank you for your thoughts in regards to equality. Even though I am unable to directly relate my personal experiences to yours, I am very sympathetic to the hardships you have had to face. I also look forward to a world where everyone is truly equal. We can only hope for the best and do what we can to make that happen.


    • I believe there is a major lack of equality in our country, whether its race, gender , skin color, age, or religion. I also believe that depending on where you come from and what you have also plays a major role in equality. Equality as told by google is “the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.” Something I’ve learned as a young child is that we are not the same, but that we are. We all function the same, we all need the same resources to live, we all have feelings, knowledge, and skills. What some of us may not have is the same skin color, same age, same gender or same mindsets. We all may not share the same religion or income we also may not come from the same country as others but we still are human, we still are people.
      As a young child I used to question why my skin complexion was darker than the lighter skin children in my class? I used to question what do they have that I don’t? When at the end of the day they had nothing that I didn’t. I also wanted to be someone that I was not because they seemed better. I also grew up around the fact that boys or men were superior and that we needed them for almost everything because the world made us women look weak in status, mindset and ability.
      I believe that some of us lack the ability to sit back and realize that we are the same, and that we should all be treated equally. And that we should all be given the chance to prove who we are . Some of us right off the bat are judged due to our appearance we are judged because we aren’t wearing name brand or because we don’t have what they have. We are also judged because we are either too dark in skin color or because we are simply too White. Because we look a certain way we can’t say certain things, look a way or even go certain places because of what we don’t have.


    • When I read your writing I really understood how it felt and where you are coming from. Many times I’ve felt out of place somewhere or treated differently because of my skin. I hate watching the negativity on tv or even seeing it online because it’s hard and I don’t understand why the world is this way but I hope one day for change. Even if it’s for our future children


    • Its is really hard for me to express in words how upsetting your story is. I understand what it is like to be picked against because of the way you look and how your family looks. My father is Puerto Rican and my sister and I were born out there as well. Now that means that we are American citizens, but we have received many comments on whether or not we are legal citizens or if we have green cards. People seem to assume that because we are Hispanic, that we come from some place out of the United States. To me and others in our situation it doesn’t make sense and is insulting, but to others it seems okay to ask those types of questions. In a way, your post just makes me feel saddened and makes me remember that equality isn’t fully developed yet. At the same time though, I will be optimistic and hope that we are closer than we think to equality.


  2. I believe if we judge people based on preconceived notions or their outward appearance we are hindering our own ability to have a well-rounded exposure to different people in life and perpetuating inequality. If we can put ourselves in situations with people of different upbringings, ethnicities, religions, and views we will be able to strengthen our understanding of the world.

    At the end of my senior year, I spent a month interning at a Jewish preschool and am now working at their summer camp, I am not Jewish. By working there, I have learned to strengthen my faith and beliefs while also expanding my view on religion means. Some of the women I work with only wear dress, long sleeves, and wigs because they believe it strengthens their connection to god. While others believe that the clothes they wear are irrelevant and their actions are what determine their relationship with God . Nonetheless, the overwhelming sense of community is never lost and that is something I wish to expand further into everyday life.

    I spent my four years of high school volunteering for a group working on domestic abuse in my town. I met and learned about survivors of all different races, socioeconomic classes, and sexual orientations. Each person’s story opened up my eyes in one way or another. In my senior year, I went to the annual candle vigil, held at the YWCA in my town, to honor those we have lost to domestic abuse. I had been to this same vigil for the years prior, each year they have a survivor speak about their experience with domestic abuse. This year the speaker told a very moving story, she talked about many struggles that resonated with those in the room, but one point she talked about that particularly stood out to me was her husband’s threats to report her to ICE. She was Hispanic but she was also a United States citizen. He was aware of this but used her race to help maintain power and control over her. He believed that just because of her heritage reporting her to ICE could affect her citizenship. What made this such a powerful story for me to her was that she was afraid of these threats. This is such a prime example of perpetuating inequality. I am caucasian, if someone threatened to call ICE on me I would not be afraid because I was born in the United States and I am a legal citizen here, she was a legal citizen of the United States and because of her race, she was fearful.

    My understanding of the life I live is broadened by the learning of those with different life experiences. Each person’s story is a teaching moment and a chance for us all the close that gap on inequality. Scientists know that diversity within a species is what increases that chance of survival because of genetic diversity and evolution, people are no different, we need diversity to thrive.


  3. I believe that everyone should have the right to feel happy and safe where they are. I do not think that is is right that some people cannot go certain places without feeling extremely uneasy. This isn’t just about a specific group either, more about everyone in general. No one should be scared to take a walk around their street.
    My best friend helped me realize how much of an issue this can be. She loves to go on evening runs down her street., but most of the time when she does, people in cars and people walking will cat call her and follow her. It makes her feel unsafe in her own neighborhood. She doesn’t go on these runs anymore, as she does not have anywhere else to go to run. She only feels safe going on runs when she goes with another person, but that is not always possible.
    Hearing from my friends experiences helped me better understand the common problems that people face. I want to do anything I can to help people feel safe, and I think it would have been harder to help without her telling me her experiences. I hope to see a day where everyone feels safe in their neighborhood.


  4. “Treat others the way you want to be treated,” says every teacher as they read their classroom rules. That statement has been told to me ever since I could step foot into a school. I have always stood by this saying, whether I would be in a classroom or somewhere as simple as my home. But what happens when a teacher goes against one of their own class rules and treats a student in a way they wouldn’t want to be treated?
    I will never forget the day that a faculty member, who worked at my high school, began to say the most hurtful things to me. I sat there, in a chair having an anxiety attack, while they continued to tell me, “it looks like you need to go in the bathroom and fix yourself up.” The first thing that came to my mind was to run to the bathroom so I could call my mom. I had gotten dismissed as soon as my mom was called, and refused to go to school the next day. To this day, I have never gotten an apology from that faculty member.
    If you taught me all throughout my life to treat others with respect, why wouldn’t you do the same? Faculty members are not supposed to teach you something and then do the opposite. I will always believe to treat others the way I want to be treated, because no words or actions are worth making someone feel low.


  5. I believe that equality is not something that should be earned or rewarded, but something that is expected for every single person around the world no matter their race, sexual orientation, and or religious beliefs. Growing up in a household with parents who raised me to be whatever I wanted, I’ve always seen people the same no matter what. People are people no matter what, we share the same goals, journeys, and aspirations as one another, so why would we be treated any different because of our paths of lives?

    Having a sibling who is transgender, I see myself as an ally. I might not be part of the LGBTQ+ myself, but I’m always there with support and reassurance when someone like my brother is in need of it. Whenever I feel he is in a situation where he is being judged by his sexual orientation at events like the pride event in my local city, I make sure I am by his side. I am the voice for him when he is judged or someone forces their negative energy upon him. Events like these have shown me that hate and negativity will go out of their way, to make a person feel not equal, or to make the feel oppressed. I want people like my brother to not only feel safe in any environment he or she may step into, but to feel welcome as well. A welcoming feeling into a new place is the best feeling anyone can have. Whether it be moving to a different area, or moving onto a college campus, a welcome feeling can help almost anyone’s tough situation.

    Equality can be spread through many different ways, to many different communities. Why treat a member of say the Jewish community or the LGBTQ+ community different than a white heterosexual male? Besides, in reality it just makes your life harder by going out of your way to ruin someone else’s day. Like the late Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”. Sometimes, we as humans really need to sit back and reflect upon our actions. Was it really worth it to make a negative comment at a person we did not approve of as being “perfect”? There really is no perfect person in the end, so why judge a person on a fake mold made by negativity? Equality should be expected for every human on this planet. We are all together, after the same overarching goals, pursuing paths of happiness. It is my goal not only to show equality to others, but to spread equality to each and every person, no matter their race, sexual orientation, and or religious belief.


  6. I believe in a world free of ignorance.

    For some, ignorance is the lack of information or knowledge. In my experience, ignorance is not that simple. For me, it is the lack of wanting information or knowledge. I grew up in a small town where ignorance was not regarded with disapproval, but with acceptance. Everything there is simply “just the way it is”. No matter the subject, whether it be racism, bullying, homophobia, sexual abuse, physical abuse, etc. If the administration at my school didn’t see it, it didn’t happen..
    My experiences in that environment shaped me to be the person I am today. It took me a little while to see it too, I was in my own little bubble, same as everyone else. I thought, “oh, come on, bullying wasn’t even a thing anymore”. Until I experienced racism and ignorance for the first time. Walking home with my friend who was Egyptian in a small, white town, for me would seem normal, safe even. I did it all the time with my white friends. As we were walking past a couple of shops on the street we heard a very loud, very big pickup truck pull up next to us. Looking over, we recognized a couple of the guys from school in the truck as they laughed and yelled at each other. They started with names, “dirty Mexicans”, and the typical “go back to where you came from”. Long story short, we hid in a Subway for the better part of an hour to make sure they wouldn’t get out or follow us home.
    For reference, I am Indian. I am not very dark because my father is white. I would never have guessed that ignorance was so deep rooted that people would ignore facts they already knew, just to make someone feel afraid.
    Now, when I see ignorance, I attempt to educate. I no longer hesitate to challenge people’s beliefs. If I see bullying, I do something about it. I refuse to be passive. I believe our society needs to be changed. I believe ignorance is not bliss. And I believe that we all have the power to change it.


  7. I have been contemplating what racism, equality and equal rights mean to me. Being Mexican American, race is a very big issue that I deal with constantly in an environment in which the majority is Caucasian. Before I moved to Massachusetts at age 11, I noticed that racism in my life wasn’t a big problem, considering the majority of people in my hometown, El Paso, Texas are Mexican American. Moving to a predominantly white area, I have to deal with racism and hate for being a person of color and I have to live with being uncomfortable in my own skin despite my family teaching me that I should be proud to be Mexican American and celebrate my culture and our traditions. I grew up being taught to have thick skin and to be myself, despite who told me otherwise.

    An instance that I feel affected by the most and made me lose sense of what I was being taught was that recently, my hometown, El Paso, Texas experienced a very devastating mass shooting in which was driven by hate, ignorance, and racism. The shooter was a white male whose purpose of doing what he did was because he felt my culture, along with other Hispanic cultures, were invading America and he wanted it to end. This greatly affected me because despite living far from where it happened, I grew up there and the majority of my family and friends live there. Not only did it make me very worried for my father and the rest of my family, I worried that I may be in danger because of who I am. For a while, I wasn’t able to comfortably go places as I feared that another similar situation would occur. I also started to experience more racism throughout my day after this incident.

    I feel that although the topics of racism and equality are being talked about more often, it is still a big issue that is fed to society because of the media and the way they may depict certain viewpoints and problems of the situation. When media reports on rhetoric based on ignorance of other cultures, stating a whole race are criminals and do not belong in the US, it is very disheartening. From police brutality upon people of color to mistreatment by different races towards others, I believe equality is still struggling to become a reality. I believe that diversity and equality should be praised and loved instead of being fought over and having troubling consequences. Equality and love shouldn’t be a reward, it should be a right despite race, sexuality, age or gender.


  8. I’ve come to the realization that If I do not believe in myself that nobody else will. If by any chance others believe in me and I do not believe in myself, that I will not succeed in anything. For example, since I was twelve years old, I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. This past March I spent almost three weeks in the hospital because I stopped taking care of myself. I remember having absolutely no faith or hope for getting better. I had to have a conversation with myself on the idea of pulling myself together and doing the best that I can to take care of my diabetes. My A1C was above 14 but within a month I was able to bring my A1C to 9. I was able to do so with all the determination I had and self-belief I planted in myself. I was extremely proud of myself for believing in myself and actually succeeding in what I planned to do.
    I’ve been faced with many obstacles in life and if I didn’t believe in myself, I would’ve failed. Due to the fact that I was sick in the hospital, I had missed a lot of days in school. I was left with a lot of makeup work to complete for all of my classes. The school was coming to an end and all the final projects and tests were being assigned. I fell so behind on the schoolwork I had. I did not want to disappoint my family so I had to work very hard and believe that I would do whatever it took to graduate on time. I believed I could and I did, I graduated on time, making myself, and my family proud. I try to believe in myself so I can succeed in whatever I do.


  9. Depending on who you are, sometimes it can be easy to forget just how prejudiced the world really is. When you aren’t outspoken about your gender or sexual identity, passing as a straight or cisgendered person can be a relatively easy task. But when that identity finally comes to light, reality can sometimes hit like a brick wall. Interestingly, I have met more trouble identifying as asexual than I have when identifying as transgender. People are willing to believe me when I tell them that I feel I was born the incorrect sex — yet they roll their eyes when I tell them I don’t have a libido?

    A lot of the time it feels as though there is little-to-no support for asexual people. Even some people within the LGBT+ community don’t believe that ace people should be included within the umbrella, even going to some lengths as to claim that asexuality is not real. My question is — why not? Why is this where people draw the line? Why can I change who I am and whom I love, but not whether I choose to love at all?

    Asexual people deserve as much support as every other group of people. What many don’t realize is how defeating it can sometimes be, to be an ace person — to constantly wonder, “Am I broken? Is there something wrong with me?” This community needs to know that, no, there is nothing wrong with you. No, you do not owe your partner sex. No, you do not need to change. Yes, you are valid.


  10. In my junior year of high school, I participated in a Day of Silence. This day of silence was to emulate the struggles of the LGBT community to people like myself who weren’t all too aware of what they had to deal with. Participating in this day tasked the participants with exactly as the name suggests, a day of silence. You were not allowed to speak a single word for the entire day, and believe me when I tell you, that was hard. Throughout my whole day there were so many times I wanted to chime into a conversation, or correct one of my peers, but couldn’t, and had to stay silently in the background. This was especially a struggle for me because I love talking, words flow from my mouth faster than my brain has time to register what it is I’m saying, so not being able to speak for an entire day was a true challenge for me. But I got through the entire day without speaking a word, and when it came time for the participants to gather and talk about our experiences, I got up in front of that hundred or so people and let those very experiences flow from my mouth. But my speech wasn’t one of, “Oh I was silent for a whole day why should LGBT people a pass on anything?”, oh no, it was quite the opposite. This “Day of Silence” had given me a glimpse, albeit a small glimpse into what it is like to have to hide yourself from the world, to not be able to freely speak your mind due to fear of judgment… or worse. So from that experience I gained an understanding and an unbreakable amount of respect for those in the LGBT community, whether they are outspoken people, spreading their beliefs through their words and actions, or are stuck, hiding behind a shell of a person they are no longer, waiting for the right, no. Safe, moment to come out of their shell and be themselves. And from this experience I can put my foot down and make my mark and say that I, Jeremy Stolmeier, believe in a world where nobody is forced to be someone they aren’t. A world where nobody is punished or ridiculed for being who they really are. A world where anybody and everybody is accepted and loved because of who they are, not because of who people want them to be. Because in the end, we are all only human, and that means we are all in the same boat, so why try and sink one half of the boat because they don’t think the same as you, when sinking that half will bring you down with them.


  11. Equality

    I believe that this world is filled with toxicity. A toxicity that eats us out from the inside out, making us feel awful day after day. A toxicity that can be inflicted upon not only yourself but others. But what do I mean when I talk about “toxicity”? I’m not talking about pollution and environmental concerns. I’m not talking about medical emergencies or health issues. I’m talking about how people treat themselves and each other. Hate, jealousy, greed, self-loathing, disgust and superiority are all ways we use to put ourselves down as well as others.
    The current Administration has tolerated, exhibited, and even promoted almost every toxic behavior that I listed, making it easier for others to act terribly. People everyday deal with racism, sexism, religous discrimination, and more. Everyday people just like you or me are subjected to toxic, unfair, and unjust treatment. ICE detains people that ‘look illegal’ to them, without real cause or evidence; parents are taken away from their children, innocent people beaten and arrested, kept like animals in crowded cages without food or water or medical attention. LGBTQ community members are beaten, bullied, and abused everyday because other people hate and fear them. Black children are shot and killed by police officers. You can get shot at church, at school, at a club, at a Wal*Mart.
    But I believe in a world where people are able to live in peace and can be treated equally, where people don’t have to fear authorities because of the color of their skin or be afraid of their neighbors because of the religion that they follow. A world where someone can go to school or work or church and not be ashamed of who they are. To get to that world, we have to change — and that change starts with us.
    As hard as it is, the first step towards change and making this dream possible is to be kind. Be kind to everyone you meet, if you can help it. (If you encounter toxic people that will go out of their way to hurt you, you don’t have to tolerate that. You don’t have to condone or put up with their behavior.) Instead, educate yourself; learn as much as you can about other cultures and different kinds of people. This helps you to be more respectful when faced with something new and different than you might be used to. Being able to keep an open mind when faced with something new and unexpected is a vital part of stopping cultural hate. The more you learn, the better you can help inform people who are ignorant and help them grow as a person.
    Change toward a world that values the equality of those who are different will never happen if people (like you) don’t take action immediately. Everyday lives are ruined, lost, and families are torn apart by the toxicity in our country. Are you going to sit and do nothing as it spreads, or are you going to stand up for equality?


  12. Col-or-ism
    Prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group.
    If you didn’t know the definition of colorism there it is. I believe that everyone should be seen for who they are and not been seen for the color of their skin. Colorism is hidden behind what people like to call Preference. Yes I believe that everyone has a preference, but your preference shouldn’t restrict you from dating, friendships, or just being cordial to someone outside of your Preference. The worst part about colorism is that it is huge among the African American community. African American men and women are both trashing and talking down about people of darker skin. For some reason being brown skin or dark skin is frowned upon and isn’t seen as beautiful in society’s eyes. Being a brown skin girl I’ve been told “I only date light skin girls”. I’m fine with people having preferences like I’ve stated before, I also have my own personal preference. But when it comes to people not seeing me as a person and going straight to the color of my skin which I have no control over bothers me. Then there’s the ignorant people that says “ You’re cute for a black girl”. What does mean, black people can’t be cute? Or the people who tell me I possibly can’t be hispanic descent because I’m not light skin with long curly or straight hair. Most of these comments have come from African American people themselves. I guess what I’m trying to vocalize is, as a society and I’m not just talking about African American I mean everyone. Lets stop knocking each other down over things we have no control over and start evolving as a society. That is what I BELIEVE.


  13. I want to believe that we live in a world where everyone is equal to one another, but to believe that is naive. On the surface, outside looking in, America seems to be a country filled with diversity, where everyone is treated with fairness and given an equal amount of opportunities. But who would’ve ever thought that your personal background would have such a negative affect on which opportunities you can take advantage of. Issues like the wage gap, same sex marriage, and registration for citizenship only give us a tiny preview of the hardships that those of non white, non heterosexual, non male lives have to undergo. But imagine identifying as all three of the descriptions I just gave. Living a life as a cis-female brownskin afro-Latino queer is scary. Knowing that I may graduate from college and not be able to find a career where my identity is welcomed is terrifying, let alone be equal to people who are the exact opposite of what I am. It’s scary because what if I end up marrying a woman but having to fear the hatred and criticism of those who are not LGBT friendly. What if my family who plan on traveling and staying for residency from the Dominican Republic, who end up having to spend years and years of registration for a document of certification that allows you to be apart of a country filled with hate left and right. Fearing my safety because being a minority of color can lead to me being the target for someone’s next expression of rage towards those who look like me. I believe that America will never be equal if we keep disregarding the conversation that needs to be conversed.


  14. I believe in equity and treating others the way you wish to be treated. We usually hear the latter commonly being said by moms who are trying to teach their little ones to be kind to others and I remember my mom saying it when I was little. It tends to be forgotten as we grow older and some of the mothers who teach it might be prejudice towards a race they deem lesser than their own. Treating others with respect shouldn’t apply to just those that belong to your race or beliefs, everyone deserves it we are all human. In my experience, I’ve seen many people who give what they think is unconditional love to the people they care about, but even when those people diverge from the plan they had for them the unconditional love seems to disappear when it shouldn’t. During recent years more people have gained the confidence to be who they wish to be and to be open-minded. Some individuals still seek to hate others that do not conform to what they believe in. We need more people to spread kindness, and love, and to treat others the way they would want to be treated. Everyone deserves love, everyone deserves respect and everyone deserves to be treated as an equal, no matter their gender, race, sexuality, religion, social status, political views, or their background. Everyone has hardships in life, mountains they want to climb over, dreams they want to reach. Many of us can agree that support from another can help immensely in our lives and those who do good will receive good.


    • I like the reference you made to childhood. For most people that is where it starts. In kindergarten the term “Golden Rule” is introduced to many children; a principle they are taught to follow to treat others the same way they want to be treated. What I have found is that the rule doesn’t always correspond to what is taught at home and often times kids don’t treat each other with the same fairness or respect and it is due to the interference of that rule. Then there are kids who go home and wonder why they don’t get the same treatment from people around them when they have put in the conscientious effort into being kind and thoughtful to their peers.I believe it is due to that. I relate to your response on equality and agree with the points you made.


  15. Equality to me is that of opportunity, not outcome. It is my firmly held belief that it is the right of all to be given equal opportunities in which to improve their lives. What they do with those opportunities, however, is their own responsibility.
    This view of equality applies not just to economic situations, but to interpersonal relationships as well. In such regard, equality of opportunity means to me that all people should be judged not on their race, sex, religion, or any other such factor, but on their decisions, morals, and character. In other words, equality of opportunity means that people should not be discriminated against for who they are, but the actions they undertake. Everyone ought to be given the opportunity to shape who they are viewed as by their own actions for better or for worse, and not have those views be predetermined based on other characteristics.
    My views in this regard stem from those of my family, such as my father and mother, who from a young age, instilled in me these beliefs. My great grandmother, however, had a greater impact. It was her who to me proved that with both opportunity and hard work, one can forge a better life for themselves, as even though she was born only one year before the Great Depression, she managed to carve out a comfortable life for herself. It was her also, who to me showed that one must treat others rightly, no matter their race, color, or creed, and only on the actions they take, by being accepting of the LGBTQ+ members of my family, despite her early twentieth century upbringing.


  16. We are the face of the earth. Regardless of gender , color , ethnicity , social status , income or even something as little as height. Yes , height. The world we live in , sad to say , is very hateful. I use hateful in the context of a very vile description. Many of us have experienced a time of hate during our adolescent stages. Whether we were being hateful or being judged in a hateful form. There’s an issue that I feel is unnoticed just like many other things. Let me start off by recognizing who I am. I am an African American female born into a very traditional African american family. I use traditional because that’s what my friends who call a household who abide by the rules. Many girls who look like me are often taught how to live our lives away from home by the time we’re about three years young. Most of us don’t see color. Unfortunately , racism isn’t birthed within us , it’s taught. Or so they say.

    We soon come to realize our weaknesses once we’re around others who appeared to have gained their strength to accommodate themselves at their own pace. It all starts while we’re young. Our everyday lives are differentiated among us. Especially speaking from my very experiences. During my time in second grade , it shaped my perspective of how ‘’ grown up world ‘’ was. Why did a child of the age and grade get to have more of an opportunity than I did? Why …. Because she was smart or is it because she was from a ‘’ cleaner background’’ ? My last name created a verge of insult to me. While all the ‘’ Bradfords ‘’ sat front in center , all the ‘’ Jacksons ’’ & I , had to make an effort to both read and follow along. I wasn’t a Jackson but I sure wasn’t close to being a ‘’ Bradford ‘’. The list goes on and on for the things I realized. At that age many children wouldn’t have connected the dots. It’s important to educate yourself.

    A teacher of my ethnic background revealed my missing glue. Mrs. Veronica Williams. A second grade history teacher who only hung out with herself in the teacher lunchroom being that her face wasn’t as pale as the others. ‘’ What does it mean to be black ? ‘’ pops right out of my mouth during a grading conference with Mrs. Williams. ‘’ To understand where you come from will teach you everything you’ll ever need to know. ‘’ That’s the day I understood that what’s understood doesn’t need to be explained.



  17. The fascinating, nonconforming musician, Frank Zappa once said, “A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it isn’t open”. I genuinely believe open-mindedness is a way to not only transform your perspective but, to be able to grow and learn about your surroundings and even yourself. Keeping an open mind can be such a life-changing opportunity, whether it is toward culture, faith, and/or people in general. On top of that, it gives an individual a chance, to be honest with themselves. To not just accept and understand the fact that we may not know it all, but use it as a chance to learn from others.
    People are judged by race, what they wear, and so many little things that you wouldn’t even expect to matter. From my four years of high school, I noticed how quickly my peers set out to put each other down and judge instead of uplifting and supporting each other. From saying harsh words behind their backs, to writing it on the bathroom stalls, and even going so far as to say it to their face. And it’s terrible that sometimes we won’t even do a double-take towards others because of appearance. Yet, the reality is, we are all individuals, we all have our way of doing and believing in things. It is so vital and important to keep an open mind towards others. Just like being a child, barely understanding anything, you can learn from every moment, every single experience. Alongside that, I recently traveled to Japan and it completely opened my eyes to the country’s culture. It absolutely amazed me. I remember passing by the shrines and temples and observing the different forms of respect and etiquette, and all I desired to do was to learn more on it, the traditions, the beliefs, the history behind it. Curiosity feeds the brain, the mind, and the urge to further knowledge of certain subjects. Everyone has the right to express themselves but, keeping one solid view on something, no matter the topic, can deeply affect communication between opposing perspectives. There are always two sides, and being open to hearing other points of views is key to progressing to better understanding and connections, both with others and yourself.


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