The world really sucks right now. I mean seriously it’s totally fucked up. It’s 2017 and we’re talking about Nazis and the KKK and nuclear proliferation and cars driving into crowds of people and people shooting people because of the color of their skin. I don’t have a way to describe it other than that it feels like I’m living in an alternate universe. Did someone turn the clock back to the mid-1960s?
I don’t have words. I have fury and frustration and pure outrage and disgust. Because how did we get here? How did we let this happen? When did we start hating each other? Or did we always hate each other? Did we slip into a state of total denial, where we let ourselves believe that progress had actually happened? Did we just put a Band-Aid over everything to make it seem like we had our shit together?
A friend of mine said it best back in December, “now we’re fighting for basic human rights.” It’s about being open to your neighbors having different colored skin and maybe even accents than you. It’s about freedom of religion and the fact that what you believe and what I believe shouldn’t be a reason to kill one another. About the fact that my uterus is my uterus and no one, especially white men in suits, should be telling me what to do with my body.
I’m disgusted by the fact that I will have to tell my kids we didn’t move forward. I’m disgusted by the fact that at a time when I had hoped and thought—I had been naïve enough to believe—that we had moved beyond these basic human rights conversations to know that no matter how much legislative progress we’ve made, we’ve taken just as many steps backwards. Because none of that changes the fact that there’s hatred in the world, in our country. Hatred so deep and venomous that it’s seeped well into my generation.
We can’t and we shouldn’t stop fighting for what we know is right, but can we even begin to undo the generational hatred that has already begun to worm its way into our children’s minds? Hatred and bigotry, Racism –because that’s what it is—is not born, it’s taught. A child is born into this world a clean and open and loving body. How do we stop parents from teaching their children that to hate is wrong? That violence and aggression on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation—that the violence and aggression of any means is not a solution.
We are strongest when we stand together. We are strongest when we bring together a diverse group of people to share ideas and discussion. Difference is something to love. It celebrates our uniqueness and makes us each individually special. We are strongest when we embrace our differences. We are one City. We are one Country. We are one World. And we can only make the world a better place if we believe in each other—in every part of each other. Value each other. Love each other. Whether it’s the neighbor next door or someone half way across the world. We’re all members of the human race, a global population of all different shapes and sizes and colors and backgrounds.
To finish with a quote from Lin Manuel-Miranda—in a far less eloquent manner than if he were to say it to you in-person, “what is love, is love, is love.”