“Me only have one ambition, y’know? I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together – black, white, Chinese, everyone – that’s all.” – Bob Marley
This afternoon I was made aware that a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan was demonstrating in Florence, KY. Call me naive, but I didn’t even think stuff like that existed anymore.
I will absolutely stand up for anyone’s right to peacefully demonstrate. It’s part of what this great nation was founded on: the ability to have opinions that aren’t necessarily popular. My problem with the Klan, though, is that they teach a message of hate. Their giant sign proclaimed: “Diversity = White Genocide”.
Most of the issues we face anymore stem from hate or just a general lack of understanding (or, worse, a general unwillingness to understand). We make sweeping generalizations about people we don’t know. We allow what we were taught by our parents to mold how we feel about people we don’t know. We don’t take the time to get to know people, so those assumptions we have stand firm.
Let’s try something new: Let’s not let our preconceptions rule our approach with people. Let’s stop judging people because we don’t understand them. Let’s stop making assumptions about people based on what they look like. Let’s take the time to get to know someone before we decide who and what they are.
Blind hate gets us nowhere. Absolutely nowhere.
Have an awesome Saturday,