A young man died because he stood up to racist demonstration in Helsinki. He died because he wanted to show that he didn’t accept what the people were there for. What is it that makes a person so afraid of something that is not exactly like him/her, that rather than educating themselves, they are okay with violence and racism.
It’s really really damn hard for me to understand how someone can hate, just purely hate, another person just because they are different. And the situation we have everywhere in the world at the moment, growing all the time, is just confusing. Why do we want to go towards this direction that is only going to end up hurting people who had nothing to do with any of it.
I admit that I’ve been afraid many times in my life, even about someone being different than me, but never have I thought that they are wrong or that they shouldn’t be the way they are. My fear of difference is in me, it has nothing to do with anyone else, and especially nothing to do with the person I don’t know and because of that feel wary of. My fear of difference is also the lack of knowledge in me.
I’ve learned, even at times the hard way, how wrong I can be of someone. It’s so easy to make assumptions based on first impressions. And I have never been happier than when I’ve learned how wrong I’ve been and how amazing that person truly is.
The thing is, I don’t see different skin colors or shapes or sizes with the people I share my life with. They are people like me, I love them because of who they are, they make my life so much richer by being different than me. That’s the gift we all have that we can give to each other, share the difference in us to learn more.
But for some reason there’s so many people that can’t see any of it like that.
I’m trying to get this feeling out of me that has stirred from all that I’ve read the past days. But getting this feeling out as words is one of the hardest things. I do not understand how someone can think that racism and violence is a good thing. How seeing another person less than you, how their value of life is nothing or that they deserve what they got?
What is it that makes someone hate someone so much?
What I will keep doing is living my life as rich as how different my friends and family are all over the world. With that I hope that I can show someone that difference is indeed a richness not something we should be afraid.
No to racism. No to hatred. No to violence.
Yes to difference, in skin color, nationality, language and all of that.
YES TO LOVE.