This morning I was inclined to write about a couple of things that are irritating me. Instead, I’ve decided to not go there and speak on a positive note. Taking it back to the age old saying” If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Two days ago, marked the 100th year since the Silent Protest of 1917. A protest against racism, white supremacy and racial violence. There were almost 10,000 African Americans that marched that day for what they believed in.
On June 28, 1970 New York City held the first Pride Parade for gays and lesbians. Up until 1960 homosexuality a crime,and until about 1968 bar owners could not hold a liquor license if they served gays. June 28, 1969 the Stonewall incident started. Stonewall was the place to be no matter if you were straight, gay or lesbian. They also didn’t have a liquor license which is what got the warrant that started the 1968 incident. Ultimately the next year they openly fought for their rights
Deborah Samson Gannett, from Plymouth, Massachusetts, was one of the first American woman soldiers. In 1782, she enlisted under the name of her deceased brother, Robert Shurtleff Samson. For 17 months, Samson served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. She was wounded twice.
In 1978 the first equal rights March took place. The first time equal rights we’re presented to Congress was 1923…
Why the stories and links? Because history shows us that although it may take a very long time, anything is possible if we fight for our rights and speak up. Our children are not taught in school about how things really occurred so it’s our job to teach them.
We live in 2017. The dark ages have passed. We live in a Nation that is supposed to be “land of the free” yet we ridicule those who are different. We scoff at people who speak out, who dare step out of the box. We tell our children they can be whatever they want to be but HEY! don’t be different or different colored or from the LGBT community because that’s wrong. Let’s not forget the disabled, people with mental health issues and God forbid the homeless. It’s all their fault right?
We have such a beautiful world around us. So much to be a part of. We can learn so much from each other. We are a Nation of all different nations, culture and ethnicity. Instead of fighting for rights that should stand for all regardless of race, sexual orientation or color, we should accept these things which would bring more peace and happiness to everyone around us.
We have been taught to choose our battles wisely for centuries. Somewhere along the way we have allowed society in our upper levels to dictate what is acceptable and we follow.
It’s time. Time to make our future generations wiser, teach them humility and respect for each other and all people regardless of any factor. Time to quit repeating history. Time to live without the fear of being who we are without exception. Look how hard we have fought to get here. Why regress? We’ve been there, done that. Time to understand that at end of the day, we are all one race. Human.
I believe in hope and love. I believe we are all equal. We are amazing creatures capable of so much! Open our hearts and minds. Loose the arrogance. Love each other unconditionally. Help make this world a better place before we destroy what’s left and our kids don’t have a future to look forward to. Long story short..
More Love. Less Hate. H