The world we currently see feels almost like a bad movie. Who would have thought six months ago that we will all be under lockdown, entire Australia will be burning and we would have protested all over the world because of racism. To make it even more unbelievable, and I think everyone will agree, this is just a tip of the iceberg. There are so many issues everywhere which aren’t talked about at all, that makes me think what have we all been doing for the past hundreds of years that we did end up with such a mess?
If we take racism, for example, the fact that in 2020 we still need to fight for people of colour rights, just shows how wrong we all got when we voted in elections for uneducated people. The fact that we are still being divided because of our skin, religion, language, materialistic assets and gender just to name a few, it shows how close-minded we all still are. The fact that there is still a stigma around racism, and we even have to talk about it, shows how little has been done.
For me, racism doesn’t exist. I come from a very small village in Poland, where there wasn’t a single person who wasn’t white, but my parents made sure to educate me not to be afraid of someone who is different. They said EVERYONE is different. Every single person in the world has a different opinion, different hair, skin, legs, eyes, ears, voice, upbringing, taste, beliefs, and so on. And that’s what makes this life beautiful, right? – We are all unique. So we, my family and I have to be understanding and respectful of other people, regardless of who they are. My parents taught me I should have my own opinion on everything, but never force it on someone else. The thing that bugs me is why do the majority of people still feel the need to do that though? Why do we want everyone to be/feel/think just like us? What are we afraid of? What is so bad in all of this row that we simply cannot let others be who they want to be? And why do we think we are better than someone else?
The bottom of the case for me is, only people who fear unknown are racists and bullies. It all comes down to education and self-belief. Here is an example, if a man has a problem with a woman being his manager, it says more about a man than a woman. A confident man, who knows his opinions and facts will never undermine a woman but will take the opportunity to learn from her. If a heterosexual person ‘doesn’t like’ homosexuals, ‘just because I don’t like it’, it’s time to sit down and think why do you have a problem with someone else being whoever they want to be. Why on earth does it bother you? As long as it doesn’t affect your life, focus on your own shit and don’t worry about what others are doing. You can, of course, have an opinion, but so they can. Don’t force your views to others. Everyone is entitled to live the life they choose for themselves and it’s none of your business.
I still can’t get my head around it all, who gave us this ‘privilege’ to judge other people by the colour of their skin? If you are calling for an ambulance, do you think of what nationality is a person on the other line? Of course not. But if a Pakistani paramedic shows up to your door, you will have doubts if to trust him, right? Why is that? Well, because close-minded people are afraid of different individuals. It’s all coming down to education. And education is everywhere. Do we see news about black people’s achievements? No, we don’t. Do we see news about black people carrying guns? Yes, we do. So what our brains are being shown is that black people are dangerous and we shouldn’t trust them, right? You see where am I going with it? We are being told who to trust by media outlets who are being told what to say by politicians. No independence from their side. So it’s up to us to educate ourselves and be open-minded about everything we see around us. Education is the key to everything. But then, how are we supposed to teach our children what is right and what is wrong, when we are being fed often fake and inaccurate news by media?
As much as I get that slavery did exist, in the UK it finished in 1833, so how on earth almost two hundred years later, we act like it still exists? We should never ever judge other people by how they look or what they have. Racism is a disease. We can call a racist a man who is undermining a woman just because she is a woman. We can surely question a person who is laughing or calling names at disabled or obese people, homosexuals, Muslims, Christians, Jews and all other ones who are ‘different’ to what we know. This disease is everywhere. I think in the long run it will kill us all if we don’t change. Hate is unnecessary and it shouldn’t be used against other people. Or animals for that matter.
Let’s be kind to one another. It doesn’t cost anything but can save lives. We are no better than anyone else, we are all equal, so let’s treat others with respect and never forget we are all humans.