Friday, November 13

About Mizzou

I rarely post about political issues. I have strong convictions on many topics; however, they skip across the political lines far too often for me to identify with any specific group. Yet, living in Columbia, MO and watching as the situation at Mizzou unfolded and as the chaos continues to be sorted out, I find myself wanting to speak. Or rather write.

There are many common decency priorities I wish I had seen in my city during the protests. Now I wish I saw around the internet as people discuss this situation. I'm not going to comment on the situation directly, because it is what it is. The only thing that matters at this point is moving forward.

Doing so, people HAVE to stop alienating others based on any criteria, especially ones that are purely biological. We HAVE to start listening to one another, not just listening to argue, refute, respond. Actually listening. Comprehending, accepting and stepping into others shoes- on both sides. I've spoken so often to others, but I feel (especially after seeing the protests and things that went on in this city where I am raising my children) I feel many people, on all sides, don't get this. Maybe because of our inability to listen to hear one another ;-)

This is America, the melting pot. At this point nearly one and all have the same heritage!!! More importantly, we are all just human. Skin color means zip about heritage. White skin doesn't mean someone has no African, Asian, Hispanic, native, etc... heritage any more then other skin colors preclude Caucasian or other heritage. It is simply a physical trait that HAS to stop mattering any more then color of hair, shade of eyes, or any other.

Be proud of who you are and where you come from, but it needn't be at the cost of another's right to be proud of who they are. Your truth is not dependent on another's truth. You do not have to tear down another to build yourself up, nor should you desire to do so- in discussions or otherwise. Skin color should never matter more then any other physical trait, not for any reason.

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