There is more than one way... more than one way to believe, more than one way to dress, more than one way to look, more than one way to act, more than one way to choose. When I protest that these judgments of hate are unfair and untrue, I am told more often than not, "I know, but there's nothing I can do."
It is that mentality that allows the evils of prejudice to continue and to grow. It is that lack of taking responsibility for change that keeps us at the level of intolerance we experience in this country... "Land of the Free"- as long as you're just like me.
What about "Home of the Brave?" What if each one of us pledged to take a stand against prejudice, to speak up where we see it being voiced, to respond when we see someone writing it, to take a stand in opposition when we see it happening? It's a scary thought isn't it, to stand up for what is right when you might well be the only one standing or speaking out? But if you don't, and I don't, who will?
Mahatma Gandhi said "Be the change you wish to see in the world." That is where we start, making our words, our actions, and our lives an example of tolerance, understanding, and compassion. That's the first step, the second step is to take a stand - to find the courage to say "No, that's wrong"!
It is always so much easier to maintain our convictions quietly, rarely are we called upon in this day and age to defend them. But what does it say about the strength of our convictions if we are willing to shake our heads and turn away, and dismiss prejudice and hate by saying to ourselves "there's nothing I can do." I assure you, there is always, ALWAYS something we can do!
Promise yourself that the next time you are hearing or reading a message of hate, or witnessing it in action, that you will find the courage to let change begin with you. Let's pledge together to STOP THE HATE!
I'm linking up with Patricia's blog hop In Other Words
where the creative writing prompt this week is the following quotation:
"There's nothing I can do about it."
- Jeralean Talley
- Jeralean Talley