The stereotypical southern white male with a wad of
Copenhagen Wintergreen wedged in his lower lip addresses the formation
“ As you look at the men and women to your left and right
You shouldn’t see their differences, you should see only green”
I see the shaking of heads in my peripherals echoing my own doubts
It is my turn to speak
“Respectfully, sir, I disagree.” The few whispers are stunned into silence.
"We have all witnessed a major civil rights movement, and in the last 5 years.
LGBTQ. To say we do not see each other’s differences is to say
Don’t ask Don’t tell is still in effect. To notice differences is human nature. We are not trying to change human nature, we are trying to change human culture, sir.
The goal is not to say, ‘I don’t see your differences,’ but rather, ‘I see your differences,
and I accept them.’”
Really like the message here. I think it's not always the most helpful thing to say "we are all the same", because, although someone may have good intentions and hope to unify others, acknowledging differences can be important. We cannot wipe away culture and history and things we face. Lately, I've heard a lot of the phrase "we all bleed red", which is great to remind us of our humanity in times of division, but recognizing and addressing differences, how we approach and respect them, is an even further step. We cannot pretend we are all the same as then there is the danger of erasing WHAT makes us who we are.
I have always thought exactly the same thing: It shouldn't be about pretending we are all the same - we are not. It's about accepting that we are different and showing the sort of respect and tolerance that those differences deserve.