Don’t Hate, America!

According to National Public Radio, a recent Cheereos ad posted on YouTube sparked a lot of hateful comments from viewers because it features a mixed race family. The video opens with the white mother and child sitting at the kitchen table, talking about how good Cheereos is for your heart. In the next scene, the black father awakens to find a box of Cheereos being unceremoniously dumped on his chest. 

After all these years, I can’t believe that so many people still feel hatred toward others who are different. They’re so wrapped up in their hatred that they’ve forgotten the concept of America. Centuries ago, this country was formed by people who fled here from other lands to escape oppression. Nevertheless, ever since before the Civil War, we’ve been oppressing others because of their race, color, religious beliefs, disabilities, and other attributes that set them apart from the rest of us.

A woman in my singing group apparently doesn’t like homosexuals. For years, she and her husband have been volunteering  with the Boy Scouts. Last Saturday while I was having lunch with her and others in our group, she announced that she and her husband were considering leaving the scouts because of a recent ruling abolishing their anti-gay policy. I told her, “That policy was just like telling me I couldn’t sing with you because of my visual impairment.” I hope I gave her some food for thought to go with her dessert.

I’m not homosexual or black. I haven’t married a black man or woman and started a family. However, my mind is open to a world of possibilities. A family doesn’t have to have a mother and father who are both either black or white and not mixed. A family can have two moms, two dads, a potbellied pig. The wonderful thing about this country is that we have diverse cultures with different beliefs and traditions, and for the most part, we’re free to live how we choose. Nobody should have the right to hate others who are different. I leave you now with another video of a song that echoes my sentiment and the words of Rodney King, the black man who was beaten by white police officers. “Can we all just try to get along?”

 

Abbie Johnson Taylor, Author of We Shall Overcome and How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

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5 thoughts on “Don’t Hate, America!

  1. I agree about not discriminating against innate physical traits, such as skin colour or blindness, but not about behaviours such as same-sex attraction. Because it’s a behaviour, it can be resisted and overcome. People have tendencies toward such actions as violence, alcoholism, or kleptomania, yet we don’t excuse assaults, drunkenness in public, or habitual thefts. Biology also mitigates against the idea of what some people say a family is. Throughout history, societies have flourished because men and women paired off and raised children. Only when people worked against their biological natures did the societies they lived in sicken and die. Cultures around the world have recognized that marriage is only between one man and one woman for the purpose of procreation. To claim that same-sex attraction is equal to marriage is like saying an apple Mac computer is the same as a Granny Smith. Common sense negates the argument that any coupling of people equals a marriage. People have a right to their opinions but not their own facts.

    • Hi Bruce, such behaviors as alcoholism and kleptomania are harmful to others, but homosexual marriages, although they may slow the population, are only immoral and don’t harm others. You shouldn’t discriminate against people just because they prefer to live differently. That’s like discriminating against people because they prefer to eat meat with their fingers instead of with a knife and fork. Everyone should have the right to live how they choose without being oppressed. Thanks for your comment.

      • I respectfully disagree with your assertion that homosexuality doesn’t harm others. It devalues marriage because if it isn’t a set standard but whatever people want it to be, than poligamy, beastiality, incest, and other perversions must be allowed. Children also have a biological need for a mom and dad, depending on if 2 males or 2 females live together in a pseudo-marriage. It also isn’t hateful to warn others about the danger their actions will put them into. Imagine a doctor not telling a patient about her cancer because he didn’t want to upset her. As for discrimination, we do that all the time. If we know of a paedofile in the neighbourhood who refused treatment, we wouldn’t want our children playing in his yard. The man may be the nicest person we ever met but we wouldn’t want to risk our children being traumatized. We also lock our doors and have security systems, even though that “discriminates” against thieves. As for immorality, God has set parameters for our conduct to maxamize our long-term happiness. Having listened to countless episodes of Unshackled, available for streaming at http://www.unshackled.org, it’s abundantly clear that violating those parameters results in negative consequences. Therefore, obeying those moral principles, regardless of if a person is a Christian or not, brings people long-term joy.

  2. Abbie, I am a firm believer in opening up our hearts to all races, creeds and religions. I am not for having things shoved down my throat though. Bi-racial families don’t bother me. I have a couple in my family. I don’t have a problem with sexual preferences, but I do have an issue with pounding it in society’s heads that certain things are normal, especially when they start pounding away these issues on kindergarten kids.

    Great post, and keep them coming.

    dp

    Deon Lyons Author of Sully Street Now Available in Paperback @ The Children’s Book Cellar, Downtown Waterville

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