I expect some backlash for the following. So be it. Bring it on. For years, I have been learning about the embarrassing history of the United States. At the risk of hurting some feelings, one cannot disregard the trail of tears, slavery, lynchings, and the apparent right of citizens to not only be hateful, but commit terroristic actions on our homeland. We focus on terrorists in the Middle East, yet do little about the terrorists we have here. I will, of course, admit the United States is still the best country to be in for beauty, diversity, rights, benefits, and opportunities. I love my country, and am proud to be an American, but recognize that it’s history has not always been something to be proud of.
I understand that on Thursday, November 5, the terroristic hate group, the KKK, will do its mock version of the annual Million Man March. I, personally, wonder if they are going to be cowardly, and hide behind little white blanket tops, or be brave enough to acknowledge to the world their cruel hatred and blackened hearts.
I have been teaching Tolerance and Respect to children for years. It is my hope that what I teach them does not get ignored and become trampled on by hateful attitudes and behaviors taught at homes. It saddens me that little ones are being taught to hate.
I am Thankful, honored even, to have the opportunity to still be able to somehow influence the lives of kids, and for the ability to plant a seed- a seed of love, hope, and respect for each other’s differences no matter what they are-Tolerance.
My students can tell you how passionate I get when I talk about Respect. 🙂 Oh well. I do tend to get on my soap box. I have even had to explain to a couple of my clients that I will NOT judge them; to not be afraid that I will think negatively of them for something they believe in or of what they are.
If we all take a moment to process the importance of Tolerance, I truly believe that we would have less problems, issues, hurt, grief, anger, hate, and yes, even terrorists. What keeps us from such an important character trait, I wonder? Yes, I did learn most things growing up, however, I take responsibility for the choices I now make whether they are right or wrong. I hope to learn from my mistakes. I hope my mistakes are few and far between, though.