By: Ryan Nicole Roberts, Guest Blogger
Ernest Hemingway said, “Write hard and clear about what hurts.”
Hate hurts. There has always been mass amounts of hate in the world, but it wasn’t always publicized so broadly through outlets such as social media. Social media is a powerful tool—we have so much knowledge at the tips of our fingers, but that doesn’t eliminate ignorance.
My timelines have been full of considerable amounts of racial hate and it hurts my heart. People matter. Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter. I was taught at a young age that color doesn’t matter—in the sense that we are all the same on the inside and to love and accept everyone for who they are rather than what they look like. But color does matter in a lot of ways. Because our history matters—our culture, heritage, where we came from--that stuff matters. And it matters that we understand history so that we don’t let it repeat itself. We can’t let injustices against minorities slip through the cracks. We need to defend the innocent and condemn the guilty, not vice versa.
On the other hand, I have also seen a lot of negativity geared toward all law enforcement officers, and although I have had my fair share of terrible experiences with corrupt police officers in my life, I know and accept the fact that we cannot possibly stick a label on all officers as a whole. Just like there are corrupt doctors and lawyers, terrible teachers, there are bad cops. But there are also great ones. There are those law officials who are passionate about keeping the peace and eliminating injustices. Officers who care about the people they serve and truly understand that they are in a service position and not a position of inflicting their power on others.
It is hard not to see red in these incidents, but if you can look through the rage, it is only then that you will be able to see things clearly. There is no way to effectively fight hate with hate and have a desirable outcome. We must think clearly and fight with our words rather than weapons. As Malala said, “Let us pick up our books and our pens… they are our most powerful weapons.”
It is never too late to love. It is never too late to use your voice.
It's important to understand and think about the many sides of any given story. Life is usually not straight forward; it takes an open heart and willing eyes to see the people involved in any situation as people, not just statistics or caricatures.
Ryan has completed her Marketing BBA and Political Science AA and currently works as a graphic designer. Her passion tends to consume her, she writes too much, and she loves hip hop.
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