Tonight I shared an article about a movie that is out called “Django Unchained”. It stars Jamies Foxx and a quote from the movie says, “Kill Whitey, kill kill kill all crackers”
All I did was to share the link for you to read and to take away from it what you will.
All of a sudden, I am called a racist, non-Christian and full of hatred. Seriously, how dare them! You can find the link down on my wall if you follow me on Facebook and comment if you wish but I am done with that discussion. It did get me to thinking about hate and love.
Of the many contradictions that exist in the world, the contrast between love and hate is perhaps the starkest. It is one that helps us value true love while understanding the ramifications of hatred.
I am not sure what it is about our human nature, but there seems to be something almost primal to pick on people who are different from us. Maybe the childish small part of our human nature that wants to find something wrong with someone else does it so we can feel better about ourselves. “We aren’t like those people. We are better”. It takes more work to sit down and learn about a person, their culture or belief system than to quickly dismiss them. And then once we learn about them we are left realizing we are not any better, in fact we are mostly all very much the same.
You can find a reason to hate anyone, for their religion, their skin color, their sexuality, the cloths they chose to wear, or even their funny accent. At the end of the day, we are all much more alike than different. We all want love, we all want to be accepted and have a place to fit in and a community to accept us.
The issue I see today is that we have groups of all colors pointing a finger and blaming the other for something has no relevance today yet they keep it alive in their hearts and minds.
Our world has become lopsided and it scares me to be honest. A man of color can say kill, kill, kill all crackers and nothing happens but a white man says something all hell breaks loose. It should go both ways, right?
It is not just about black and white, brown, or yellow. It is about who WE are and what we need and deserve as a human being.
Overcoming hate is not an impossible goal. We need more interaction as a community. We need to learn about each other, from each other. It means schools and parents teaching tolerance and creating awareness. It means calling out people who make hateful comments, whether they are our mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, friends or strangers.
Whether we overhear a hateful statement in a bar, in a school or while walking by a stranger on the street, we all have a role to play in confronting hatred.
DO WE NOT?
Goodnight and God bless each of you and all of those to whom you are connected or will ever be….