Sunday, May 21, 2017

TMH: International Diversity Day

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.
 - "Letter From a Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King, Jr

We cannot heal what we will not see.
 - Rev. Dr. Lindsay Bates

May 21 is International Diversity Day. Originally, I was going to do an NMH post for it, but that series really isn't meant to be meant for things that I do celebrate, even if I don't actually do it on that precise day.

Instead, I do it all the time.

I am an egalitarian. We've talked about this before. I believe everyone should have equal rights regardless of their demographic (except maybe age), period. Whatever your race, sex, gender, orientation, ideology, education, language, genetics, countries of origin and residence, and even your position on whether you think everyone should have equal rights too or not, you should have the same rights as everybody else.

(I only separate age because of the whole under-age mess, which I really don't want to get into. If you're mature enough and educated enough at a young age to make adult decisions, then you are capable of getting a judge to sign off on it. If you don't know that's a thing, or can't figure out how to do it, or can't be convincing enough for it to work, then you're not ready for it.)

I know I'm an American, English-speaking, white male between twenty and fifty, which makes my demographic one of the broadest and most privileged demographics. But I'm also one small person in a sea of a bunch of other people who have the same qualifications that I do. Even discounting my sexual orientation, I get discriminated against.

I believe in equality, and I'm not quiet about it. I may not join in in your protest or march, I may not carry signs or shoat slogans. What I do is have my own way of trying to change people's minds about it, or at least try to make them more aware that there's a problem.

And I need to do it my way because I have enough to deal with just being another face, another statistic, in the demographics to which I belong.

(TMH = Totally My Holiday)