It is commonly believed that those who feel threatened take extreme positions in their beliefs.
It is also commonly understood that the strongest materials known to man are those that can bend without breaking.
As it is so with human beings.
Are you strong enough to bend?
Or are you too threatened?
Are you strong enough to question your beliefs?
Are you strong enough to accept those who are different from you?
Are you threatened by me?
I don’t imagine you would be.
At least, I cannot see why you would be.
I am a young woman that you may or may not know.
I am gentle.
I am kind.
I am loving.
I am patient.
I am curious.
I am intelligent.
I am strong.
I am Native American.
But you cannot tell these things by looking at me.
You would have to get to know me first.
What do you see when you look at me?
A young woman.
With fair skin.
“Canadian” you might say.
Oh the privilege that this brings me.
I am incredibly fortunate for these things in my life that I cannot control.
For, I do not fear the persecution of others as I walk down the street.
And I feel it is my responsibility to recognize what a “gift” that is.
Regardless of whether or not it should be.
It makes me ill to know that others cannot say the same.
Why does our society allow a culture bred of judgment and hate?
Why do we allow differences to continue to create a divide amongst people?
Why are people disappearing from their families never to be seen again?
Why are people being attacked in the streets, on busses, trains, and planes?
Why are people being beaten, raped, and murdered?
Why are people being treated with hate?
Where does this hate come from?
We are all human.
And we are all unique.
Different variations of one species.
So where is it that you draw this line?
At what point does this human being become different enough from you that you can no longer see yourself in their eyes?
Why is it that you do not see the beauty in all of the colours of the rainbow?