This letter is so wonderfully written. I could not agree more with what you are saying. These white supremacists also go against everything I was taught as a child. My parents rose above my hate-filled town and taught their children to love all people regardless of our differences. My parents instilled the idea that all people…[Read more]
Austin, You raise a great point here. It seems as though the systems in place go against anything that is “different” from the normal standard that has been set. I do think that although many face discrimination due to being apart of the LGBTQ community still posses many privileges that minorities will never have. Minorities cant change their skin color but queer people are able to appear “straight”. I think we need more allies within every community. We are all facing the same struggle just in different ways and coming together would be much better than only fighting fights for things that impact us personally.
I feel that with our current president people feel as if it’s almost acceptable to be racist and to spread hate instead of love. I am a minority so I have definitely experienced discrimination first handed and it’s not great. But ever since Trump has been president I feel even more afraid to speak Spanish in public scared that someone will say hate full things or at restaurants when they seat us in the back even though there are clearly tables available for us. I definitely agree that people should be punished for supporting/participating in racism because spreading hate will not make America great again.
It really is sad how people use religion, which teaches love and acceptance, to justify hate. It makes very little sense to me. You raise a lot a good points in your piece for example we do need to hold people accountable. There shouldn’t be this ability to use religion as a blanket excuse to be hateful to any group. I feel like those who hate have been empowered in this presidency and somehow they feel justified being threatening and even violent at times. Overall, people just want to exist and for me it makes no sense why you would spend time fighting against someone else’s rights as a human being. They have nothing to lose in the fight, if anything they have things to gain. They could gain equal opportunity for all, and therefore a stronger nation leading to improved life for them and many others.
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