The American experiment is young. We have yet to integrate communities, but data shows that we’re on our way.
Our experiment inherited is predicated on our ability to foster one nation of people unprejudiced. Embracing our similarities and celebrating our differences.
We can start with the way we speak; rhetoric. There’s some unlearning of prejudice we need to do here. Even the undercurrent of unprovoked suspicion on a group of people is wrong.
An example of this is, oh she’s Muslim. You have to be careful with them. You don’t know who’s watching. You don’t know what they’re capable of.
No. Just no.
Sure, America’s got a terrorism problem. White terrorism has been on the steady rise since POTUS Obama took office. They’ve slaughtered brown and black groups on multiple occasions since. Statistically, neither white folks nor Muslims are more predisposed to participate in terrorism. Less than 1% of the billions of Muslims worldwide participate. It’s one of the fastest growing religious groups. Also, many Americans have strong Islamic faith roots.
Today it’s important we huddle together-immigrants, new Americans and those that have generation behind them.
Checking the way we speak is a simple first step.
Our community-local, federal, global-depends on us.
It’s not an excusable excuse to borrow rhetoric from Fox, MSNBC, CNN or Donald Trump.
Rhetoric is our responsibility. Our words inform our thoughts. Our thoughts inform our actions. We can build a brighter future for our children, for us.
The road there starts with owning our role in fighting discrimination, together.