A pile of #drums on the step leading to my home. I have been teaching drum classes for a few years now for adults with special needs at #kwhabilitation, and more recently, have started doing classes for children with similar abilities at schools in the #Waterlooregion.
In a society which is often prejudiced towards those who do not fit in with what is commonly considered to be "standard", these environments place strong emphasis on the fact that every individual is unique, and therefore, learns, and expresses themselves, in their own way.
Throughout the recent #brillatour to #Kelowna with @alyshabrilla , we witnessed many awesome moments of youth being open to each other, being kind to each other, and being accepting of one another.
However, in spite of the positivity we saw amongst most of the youth, there has still been a backlash by those who try to demean others by means of insults and violent threats.
Being born as an able bodied- white-Canadian-heterosexual man, racial prejudices, gender prejudices, and functional prejudices are all ideas that I have rarely, if ever, have had to have witnessed on a personal level. I also know that many of those who target others due to these characteristics happen to look a bit like me.
You may have racist family members, or perhaps you found a propaganda website full of lies that are fuelling your rage. Regardless of where you found this information, I suggest that you look deeper, and realise that the words or actions you take as a result of your emotions being manipulated is destructive not only to those who are your victims, but to yourself as well. You will feel endless rage for no reason, and will quickly find yourself in fear of everything around you.
You are capable of far more than being a mindless drone to someone elses prejudices. Rise above this. Defend others against bullies instead of joining them in their foolish agendas.
Students, if you hashtag #anythingforsammy on an image you post showing your commitment to combatting verbal and physical violence, I will randomly select a few names in a draw and mail the winners a copy of my first album, coming out in February. Let's do this, guys.