What will it be this morning? As day breaks it has become routine to cringe and gasp at the headlines. Bubbling forth as some unstoppable, dark lava flow from computer screens and newspapers, the prejudice oozes on endlessly. This week, like a beacon of hopefulness, we read an uplifting piece. Having recently given birth, our daughter writes an impassioned piece to her followers. Love overpowers hate.
Below you will find Robyn’s message of hope and inclusiveness. We hope it will inspire you as it has us.
The last little while in the news, on social media, and just everywhere in general has seemed to be overrun with unacceptable racism, homophobia, transphobia, and pure ignorance. I have found myself getting sucked into comment sections randomly on Facebook, Instagram, and other media outlets. I also know I am in a place of privilege, as I have not had to personally deal with hate directed towards myself and my identity. But it’s not about what just affects me.
I want everyone who follows along on my page to know that this is a place of inclusion. I am open to education on topics I may not completely understand, I am open to making new connections with people no matter their background, race, gender, sexuality, identity, religion, or belief system.
Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.
It is never too late to give up your prejudices.
We are all human beings. Human beings who live on the same planet, who are all just trying to live a life we are happy and proud of.
When I read some comment sections – I start losing faith in the humanity of others. How is it possible to show so much hate towards entire groups of people? People who could easily be our friends, siblings, our own children?
I know in the end that love will always overpower hate. There are more people who are fueled by love out there – we just have to be more vocal than those who are hateful. We need to recognize privilege and use it for good rather than being quiet or comfortable.
What the world needs most is openness: Open hearts, open doors, open eyes, open minds, open ears, open souls.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
I am raising my girls to be accepting of everyone. Everyone and anyone that may seem different than they are. Everyone and anyone that may come from another walk of life or who identify differently than they do.
Together, we create the next generation. It starts with us, with our voices. Whether we are parents, role models, influence on social media, etc – our voices and example have power.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Martin Luther King
Robyn is Mom and Step-Mom to a trio of girls. With a background in social work, she is passionate about supporting those in society who might be excluded or marginalized. In her spare time, Robyn operates her business Ami and Emme, crocheting quirky animals and toys. You can also find her on Facebook.