Ignorance and bigotry cannot run rampant through our country making a mockery of our citizens and embarrassing our country on center stage. The trickle down effect of ignorance and bigotry infects our moral fiber like a group of cancerous cells that should be cut out.
If you’ve stood up for people who aren’t your race, creed, or sexual orientation then you should be commended for not allowing people’s fear, hate, and idiocy to be let loose when they think no-one is looking or listening. We can all live peaceful lives, unmolested by aggressors if they know their willful ignorance is not welcomed.
Gays, Jews, Blacks, Irish, Italians, Trans, wherever you are and whatever you are – keep doing the things that make you a unique human being. It’ll piss your haters off, but it will make your life easier. People may not talk about you to your face, that’s because they are afraid and may feel threatened in some way. Their fear of you is not to be your concern. Only if you stop to look back, or to entertain a trifling quarrel will you be losing ground and playing to their hands.
You cannot be afraid to be who you are. For, what else would you be? Give yourself the green light to be great in spite of what people may think of you or what you should be. Strive to be the best at what you do and focus on transcending any label society has hoisted for your kind. You can be a gay lawyer, or black president, an Italian doctor, or Jewish jazz player if you want. Just don’t think you’ll be climbing the ladder of success without a few on-lookers trying to razzle you with disdain disguised as “playing” or “just words”. And don’t think that if you are in the room and they are talking about some other unaccounted for race or creed, that they will not be talking about you when you leave.
This ugliness is not purported by one person or group. It pervades in every culture like a cancer. From black guys who are homophobic, to wealthy people who are xenophobic, to middle management who may be anti semitic. People making fun of others who are not like themselves or who are a deviation from what their oppressor considers to be perfect and harmonious values have been around since any of us can remember. And each time, it’s served no peaceful purpose and made no forward progress in society being cloaked with such dark veil that is ultimately binding from opportunity, connection and possibility.
There is a silent strength in standing up for those who aren’t apart of your clan. It’s the virtue of leadership that would allow you to do so. The awareness of globalization and belief that everyone can find a way to live on this planet without disturbing the peace of others intentionally. Grow up, grow a pair, and do what’s right. Be apart of the future. Be something that would make your mother proud; unless she’s a bigoted bitch too!