We’re experts at coming together when things are going wrong. But what about standing together when things are going right?
So many are afraid of speaking about the controversial issues we face today, such race, religion, politics, sexuality, and civil rights. We’d rather be silent in our own comfort rather than make noise to inspire communal peace.
But my country is America, isn’t it? I was born here.
In today’s society, ignorance is a disease. It is infecting everyone around us and instead of tackling the situation head on, we surrender to what isn’t ethical or kind. Whether it be ignorance directed toward mental illness, religion, race or sexuality – our default setting is to sit comfortably in our fear, treating others as if they’re wrong because they’re different.
We wonder what we can do or say to help without making things worse. Or we decide there are too many problems to take upon ourselves, and stay out of it.
A lot of people who look like your dad were part of the formation of America, but they began their American lives as slaves to people who look like me.
It is time for people of good conscience to stand up and say “no more” to this garbage. We simply won’t allow racism and hatred to be normalized and legitimized and sympathized with.
Moreover, rape is commonly identified as amongst the most difficult crimes to effectively investigate and prosecute.
I may never live in America again, but I am cool with that — I have by my side the two people in the world who have given me the gift of “being me”. What’s more, had I not left, I would not have had the privilege of seeing America from both sides of the coin. And you know what? It’s made me love it even more.
You judge me off the name on my resume, you judge me if I have dreads, you judge me if I have my natural hair moisturized and free all over my head.