I had been so busy with work, that I never bothered to check the news. I didn’t know it had happened until a day or so later and even then, I had so much work on my plate I couldn’t take the time to sit down and read about it all. It’s only today that I’d managed to carve out several hours out of my day.
Race … racism … hatred … fear …. anger …
There has got to be something better than this.
I’m watching these green blobs float into this blue substance – they don’t mix. They stay separate. Such a sad reality. Always being apart. Is this … how we are to live?
You watch your channel … and I’ll watch mine.
You listen to your music … and I’ll listen to mine.
You learn your history … and I’ll learn mine.
You live your life … and I’ll live mine.
Isn’t this … voluntary segregation? Is it the best solution? I don’t think so.
It just prolongs this idea that we have to be separate. That we’re so different that it’s a wonder we breathe the same air and drink the same water.
I’d much rather we believed: “Be together not the same.”
I don’t want to erase what makes you who you are, but I should be accepted for who I am. Neither of us should be guilty of what others have done in the name of our traits. We can’t choose what we’re born into … but we can chose to rise above the easy out.
Show me how to be together even if I’m not the same. Don’t shut me out because I’m not like you. Try not to throw around labels before you get to know me.
Thinking about Avatar, I found Neytiri’s frustrated complaint that Jake was just like a baby to be missing an obvious fact. Technically, he was. He was born into his Na’vi body less than a week before she meets him and he’s totally ignorant of her way of life. I can’t speak for everyone, but in much the same way, I’m really new to this world and I find myself stumbling around because I don’t know how to walk. Show me your way of life, let me be one with the people.
If you want to make it an us vs them sort of thing, just know that I’m not your enemy. I could be an ally – if you’d let me.
In the mean-time, it seems I have some serious reading to catch up. Care to recommend me some authors?