I'm sorry that people cannot see humanity.
I'm sorry that the world is filled with people who can only see sexuality, gender, race, religion.
I'm sorry that many people cannot love.
I'm sorry that the world seems to be boiling in hatred.
I'm sorry that there will always be ignorance.
I'm sorry that people are blind to the issues that tear us apart.
I'm sorry that what you have gone through is a plague upon mankind.
I'm sorry that people only try to see in black and white, and never through someone else's eyes. -Erin Justice
I just saw the most god-awful website, and my insides froze. I have not felt something like that in a long long time. I felt something else for the tsunamis. A sadness. But this is different. This is what you feel when you become aware that there is so much hate in this world for reasons I cannot explain. What is strange is that not only did I find this website through an lj entry today (from a person also in awe of the odious nature of the world), but I was talking about this same type of thing tonight with a friend.
What is it with the hate for minorities? Please don't misunderstand me. I'm not saying that everyone hates minorities. What I'm saying is that I don't understand why anyone has anything against a person of color, size, a different sexuality, a different country, etc etc etc.
I don't like to argue. I honestly don't. When I hear my peers saying hateful things, though, I have to speak out. There was this activist group in the 80's called ACTA, and their slogan was, "Silence=death". Absolutely. Margaret Cho elaborated on that and said that silence equals nonexistence, meaning that if she never "went there" and said something controversial, it would mean she never existed in the first place. That's why I can't stay silent when I'm sitting in my comp class listening to a bunch of stuck up kids talk about affirmative action and prove that they have no idea why the hell it exists. For some strange reason, they seem to think that affirmative action automatically gives a minority acceptance into a college or into a job position. Oh, does it really? Well, dammit, I wish I'd known that. I would have applied for Harvard. Because I'll get in, right? It doesn't matter if I have the right qualifications. I'm a minority, so I get everything I want. Yeah, right.
Do they even listen to themselves and how ignorant they sound? Probably not, because if they did, they wouldn't have taken it a step further and announced that if, "they don't like it" (they meaning black people), "they can go back to Africa." EXCUSE ME? Okay, you would have never said that if a black kid was in the room with you. You know you wouldn't have.
I really hate that I sat behind a kid who, on the last day of class for the first semester, decided to make fun of one of my black friends and say a million untrue, racist things about her. By the time I realized who they were talking about and recovered from complete shock and rage, it was too late to say anything. And what would I say? Because nothing I could say would change their minds or take back their words.
I really hate that I can't stand up for what I believe in when someone is making fun of someone else's sexuality without being called a dyke or a lesbian or whatever. Oh, so if I stand up for something, I automatically am that thing? Yeah, that just makes so much fucking sense.
Why is it anyone's concern what someone's sexuality is? Why do people care if someone's skin color differs from their own? I really don't get why so many are so hateful and so ignorant. I really resent it when they bring God into it.
"God hates the Swedish."
"God is putting his vengence upon us with the tsunamis."
"God hates gay people."
Oh yeah, and God loves you so much because you're white, American, and consider yourself a Christian. Like any of those things matter.
Excuse me, but who the fuck are you to tell everyone what God does and doesn't like? Are you his messenger all of a sudden? You can't be, because the God I know and worship is not hateful like that. He doesn't take revenge upon his creation in the form of a tsunami. He doesn't hate people for what they cannot change about themselves. What language a person speaks or what country they come from do not matter to Him. He is the God of love and He is love, and love means no discrimination. Love is colorblind and gender-blind and nationality-blind and sexuality-blind. Love is love is love is love.
I'd really love it if everyone knew that to be true.