"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
In recent news, there have been many tragic shootings against innocent human life. All I am seeing now, is how everything is turning into extreme hate coming from two different races: Black and White. No, this isn't going to be me speaking out against anyone because my skin color has been labeled as white, but this is me speaking out on behalf of these human lives that were lost, and speaking out on how we all are spewing more hate into this world. So let's begin.
For those who may not understand why a lot of people become upset due to these shootings (those who are a part of the African-American culture) is because you may not understand their history as people, especially within this country. The Civil Rights Act was only granted in 1964...which is only 52 years ago. Out of the 400 years of oppression (caused by those who were a part of the White culture) those who are African-American, haven't even lived a full century of being free as the humans that they are. Pretty upsetting that these HUMANS were only given rights half a century ago. So now I hope some of you are able to understand the anger that a lot of African-Americans must feel, especially when it comes to white on black crimes.
Am I projecting that their should be retaliation against other human life? No, absolutely not. I am trying to form an understanding for those who may have forgotten what their own racial group has done to other forms of human life in the develop of America.
So let's get down to business, shall we? Any shooting, against anyone, against our other human life forms, is not okay and will never be okay. We are living in a world where hatred and racism is so disgustingly present in our everyday lives. We are fighting a human war in our country, a war of everyone trying to be heard, but only speaking with hatred.
I understand that there is police brutality, yes I completely understand that. I understand why some people believe that some cops abuse their power (which yes I'm not going to sugarcoat it, some cops do), and yes I understand that there is an actual difference in how a white man is prosecuted as opposed to a black man being prosecuted...I am not afraid to admit that, BUT I do understand that not all cops are bad and not all people are bad. My father is a retired Port Authority Police Officer, and he was a first responder during 9/11. My father, along with many other police officers, had ran into the towers to save all walks of life. I know for a fact that not one officer that day said "Oh this person is Hispanic/Black/Asian/Part dog, I'm not gonna save them." No, all of those officers who died to save your family member, or have risked the change in their beautiful minds (those who suffer from PTSD), to save your family member, so that they can return home to you, to hug you, love you and be able to watch you grow in life, even if that meant that that officer wouldn't be able to see their own family again, because they wanted to save your mom/dad/brother/sister, etc.
Not all cops are bad. Not every single person is bad. We are all human, we are all made of the same thing, we all came from a higher power that had one purpose of giving our souls being born pure filled with love. Yes it sounds sappy, but think about it, what baby have you ever met that was a real piece of shit? Exactly, none. It is our society that forms us, it is our society that brainwashes us, it is our society that breeds who it breeds, and it us who is that society. We are the society we created. We created this mess, because we only know hatred. We do not know love. We do not nurture, therefore we fall apart.
There is good and bad in every single race, and I will forever live by that. My parents have raised me to be accepting of everyone no matter what background they come from. I will never respect another person who is racist against another human life just because of how they look like, and I will never respect a person who hates the cops that are actually good and don't abuse their power.
In reference to the quote that I had started my article with, the meaning behind it, is that all it takes is a small amount of people, from any walk of life, to form together in peace to create a change. Hate can so easily be spread, but love can also be spread easily as well. Instead of everyone trying to hate on each other, dividing each other because of what we look like, spitting hate at one another, just remember that it is YOU who is contributing to this human war, just remember that this is YOUR hate that is fueling the fire, just remember that it is YOU who is society, but also know that you can change that, you have the power to create the peaceful world you want, all you have to do is just open your mind and see everything as a whole, rather than as one part.
I believe we will one day live peaceful among all walks of life. We are the society that we created and hate, but we can be the society that we can create and love.