We live in a world full of hatred and fear
So much animosity toward our brothers
Forsaking what we love and harming all those we hold dear
We’ve learned we should hate all that are different;
A chasm grows between all
Black or white, straight or gay
It’s alarming how much these small things called labels can start wars between families or nations or friends; ripping us apart ’til all peace in this earth comes to its bitter end
Mothers and daughters, fathers, sisters, and sons
We must wake up and see we must all unite as one
One family, one voice, one community for all; only coming together will allow us to stand tall; taller than the trees dancing in the wind
Leaves, branches, and roots all doing their parts so just one tree can live
Once we all do our parts to bring peace to mankind
Nothing will stop us from reaching the skies
But the key to all this—remove the planks from our eyes
And refuse to have hate and leave love out to die
Advice from the Author – Action Steps
- Challenge your own individual thoughts about what you might see as racism and how you might be acting out those things, even unknowingly. Solving the problem has to begin on an individual level.
- Be friendly to all. By giving even the smallest gesture such as a greeting, a smile, or even a life long friendship with someone of a different race helps. Having friends of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds can go a long way in giving a person a new perspective on other groups.
- It is as simple as following the words of Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” We all have to do our part. As the generation that will soon be “rising to power” in this country and in the world, it is up to us to change the views that older generations had and to make sure they are not passed on.
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Jeremy Immel is a senior studying Criminology with passions for writing, teaching, coaching, wrestling, and all things outdoors. Whether it be through words or actions, he hopes to make a difference.