I grew up in a small, relatively safe town with not a lot of multiculturalism.
I’m a white male, my parents provided us with security, and I had little to no adversity to overcome compared to what many of my fellow brothers and sisters have been challenged to endure in this world.
The idea for me to legitimately hate someone because of the colour of their skin was completely foreign to me throughout my life, and it still is.
There’s a big part of me that still finds it hard to believe that there are still many people who are so fearful and completely mired in their dense egos that believe that hate and murder of someone with a different skin colour than theirs is the “right” and “legitimate” answer for them to feel safe and secure in this world.
It is horrific, barbaric and downright disgraceful to the human race for whom I have a shit ton of love for deep down in my heart, despite the hate crimes and other atrocious acts of violence still taking place today.
As a white, privileged male who is not at all racist, I particularly feel it is my duty to speak on this.
I don’t pretend to know your/their struggle whatsoever, but I also wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t express how I felt.
To anyone who feels or has ever felt judged, hated or scared for their life because of their race:
I STRIVE TO HEAR YOU.
I STAND WITH YOU AND FOR YOU.
THIS IS WRONG.
THIS MUST CHANGE.
I AM YOUR BROTHER BECAUSE WE ARE A PART OF THE SAME HUMAN TEAM.
I LOVE YOU UNCONDITIONALLY.
We must rise above racism with strength and courage in our hearts or we will allow their fear to become ours.
Regardless of how we choose to react to this issue, the truth is that we are all ONE whether we realize it or not.
The more we embrace this truth, I believe the more our world will transform for the better.