I decided to publish this week’s post earlier than planned.
I got some really rude and racist messages from someone who thinks it’s their place to criticize me. I have no idea who they are, except that every single message they sent was filled with hatred and ignorance.
I feel compelled to write about this because I have no way to message this person back since it was anonymous and also because it’s mind-boggling how some people are still so stuck in their outdated and archaic mentality.
To be completely honest, messages like these make me sad; not because it was sent to me or because they’re hurtful words. They make me sad because after reading them, I realize that although it’s almost 2017, there are still people in our society that think this way. There are still people that believe the colour of your skin defines you and makes you inferior.
To me, the idea that one race is better than the other is ludicrous. We have different names, cultures and different skin colours but underneath all that, we’re all the same. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people doesn’t allow for room to realize that there are other ways of living and thinking. However, when you surround yourself with a group of people that are culturally diverse, you open yourself up to learning and experiencing other ways of life. Personally, I’m thankful for the opportunity to live in a multicultural country that asserts the fact that all citizens, regardless of their racial or ethnic origins, language or religions, are the same and have equal rights.
To whoever sent me the message:
I feel sorry for you. I don’t even hold it against you. It must be a struggle for you to see people of different backgrounds come together and be happy as one. I’m sorry that you’re not as enlightened and as educated as you should be and I’m sorry that you weren’t taught that love is love, regardless of race. I hope your ignorance is something that you can work on and I hope you can someday understand how important it is for us, as humans, to learn kindness and acceptance for each other especially in light of what’s happening in our world today.