By Susannah Hutcheson, Regular ContributorDecember 9, 2015
image via politicalforum.com
The world today makes me sad. Everywhere I go, every website I click on, and every news story that pops up on my phone shows hatred and ugliness.
The world as I saw it at 5 years old and they way I see it at 20 is quite different. I used to think the world was a kind place, where everyone would stand up for their neighbors and run full force toward their dreams.
15 years later finds me a little more jaded and a little more hesitant. I mean, how can you not?
How can you not be a little more jaded when love seems like it’s hidden behind a lack of humanity?
How can you not be a little more jaded when someone like Donald Trump, who spews hate and bigotry, is a front-runner for the presidential nomination?
After Trump’s recent comments that Muslims should have to wear ID badges, LA teenager Marwa Balkar posted a photo on Facebook that went viral: a picture of her wearing a peace sign as a badge.
She wrote to Mr. Trump; “Maybe then you'll see that me being Muslim doesn't make me any less American than you are. Maybe if you walk in my footsteps, you can see that I am not any less human than you are.”
Thank you, Marwa. Thank you for standing up for peace, knowledge, and tolerance. More people need to be like you.
How can we begin to stand up for our neighbors more? How can we promote peace? Tell us below!
Susannah is a Journalism major, passionate about social justice and Jesus Christ. She loves cold weather, triple-shot lattes, and macaroni and cheese. You can read her ramblings at ileftamessinthekitchen.wordpress.com, or look at pictures of her coffee on Instagram: @susannah.beth.
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