If the World Were Blind…
And, if the whole world were blind, would we hate each other by the sounds of our voices?
“Wow, look at that girl, she’s so dark.”
“Did you see that thing on his head, what is that a towel?”
“I can’t believe she was wearing that dress, I could see all her rolls hanging out.”
“Why is that dude wearing a wig? What type of shit is that?
When Did We Become so Harsh?
We have all heard or used variations of these phrases at some point in our lives. It has become normal and entertaining even to comment on the most shallow part of a person and think of it as an insight.
There’s a lyric in a song that I once heard that goes: “…and, if the whole world were colorblind, would we hate each other by the sounds of our voices?”
I remember thinking about how deep that was and sadly, how true.
I have always been very open and curious about all different races, religions, and backgrounds. It was always important for me to try to lead others in the same direction. I always valued the power of diversity and equal treatment.
I’ve always understood just how arbitrary and unnecessary the labels that have been placed upon us are. I guess that’s why my second year of law school, I shocked everyone when I ran for Vice President of the Black Law Students’ Association… and won.
People always asked me why I chose the organization, and it was always an easy answer: “because I love what they stand for”.
Hatred Affects Everyone
The organizations in law school have a lot of power within the community. They put together various events with a lot of different people and it’s a great platform to be able to help in a way that might have never been available otherwise.
I’m sure it was jarring during our events with hundreds of lawyers, judges, and politicians to be discussing such a strong issue and then have this blonde-haired “white” girl come up and speak on behalf of the black community.
But, to me it was never about color.
I’ve always understood, and even more so through my experiences, that racism is not a black and white issue. Racism affects everyone.
If a black guy gets called a slur or even more traumatically gets shot as we’ve continuously seen in the media, we all feel it.
If a woman gets stoned to death across the globe, it will have an impact here.
If a young boy gets killed because he decides to wear his sister’s shirt to school one day, the affects don’t stop there.
Actions of injustice and hatred affect us all.
They create a ripple effect of reactions that might not be noticeable by a single person, but overtime it creates a wave that ends up destroying us all.
With ideas like six degrees of separation and phrases like “it’s a small world”, how can we not grasp the fact that what goes on in Africa, India, or even Antarctica affects us all.
We are all connected and any ideas of separation are fallacies that need to be broken down.
Issue Stretches Far Past Color
Like I said, I felt and still feel very strongly about this issue, but today when I thought about that quote again, I thought of it in an even broader light.
Unfortunately, racism isn’t our only issue. There are many avenues of hate that people choose to walk through. However, once again, we must open our minds to truly understand the dangers of these beliefs.
When we direct hate towards someone because their face looks different than ours, we don’t understand their language, we don’t have the same sexual preferences, or because they have a different definition of god, we are dropping a thread into the universe that will weave itself into disaster if we don’t stop.
What is Hate?
Most of the time, hatred is really just a dense cloak of intense misunderstanding and narrow mindedness.
We need to educate the masses and blur the thick lines that have been drawn to divide us.
We need to make cracks in the walls of people’s minds in hopes to eventually break the barriers down.