FOCUS: A Lesson In Tolerance - Part 2 - Page 2
But the question is: Is this enough? Should we only depend on governments and organizations to make things right? Or should it start with each one of us taking an action towards eliminating discrimination and stereotyping from our lives by being pro-active rather than passive?
All of us face peer pressure when confronted with a joke which puts down a certain minority. It takes courage to raise objections to these jokes and pejorative names and to actively fight the prejudice and bigotry which they foster.
It is important to stand up against injustice, and fight the discrimination, stereotypes, and scapegoating which have served as the precursors to persecution, violence, and genocide. It starts with each one of us, speaking against unfairness; correct a wrong and stand for fairness and tolerance, then, and only then, maybe we can change the world.
I leave you with this quote from civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
Diversity starts at home.