In the eye opening video posted above, a variety of speakers, hailing from a diverse range of racial and cultural backgrounds, perform a spoken word piece. They make an important point: WE are NOT what we LOOK LIKE. There is more to us as individuals than what we look like, what religion we practice, or where we were born; underneath all these constructs we are one. We are human. So when we judge someone based on their appearance, we are missing out on discovering the incredible being which exists under the surface. It is both a lost opportunity on our part and an injustice against the other’s right to be recognized as a whole and complete person.
It reminds me of when I first moved to Toronto. I came from a very small town in Northern British Columbia (North Western Canada) where there is very little cultural diversity. When I moved here, I started working as a server at an Italian restaurant and was introduced to several Sri Lankan and Indian cooks in the kitchen. I remember thinking, I’ll never remember their names and I likely won’t have anything in common with them anyways. It wasn’t that I was racist, I just hadn’t been exposed to other races or cultures at all and assumed they were very different from me. As I got to know them, I realized how foolish this attitude was, and that the only thing separating us was our appearance.
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