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?”