Bigotry in all its forms is the stain that marks our species for shame throughout our history, our present and most likely our future. Bigotry and the bigots who espouse the different forms of it, forget a major fundamental aspect of what it is to be human. It forgets that we are all individuals and therefore should be treated as such. In the United States’ Declaration of
In the United States’ Declaration of Independence, it says “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” All individual persons are equal in all things regardless. But bigotry doesn’t see us as individuals who are equal. They see us
Bigots see us as single group entities. They group us together rather than see us as singular people with our own unique minds that happen to have commonalities with each other. They see that for the group they are a part of, but for the people they despise, they see them as all the same. Bigots try to do this in ways that are negative, dsicriminatory and result in forms of persecution. The tragic irony is that bigots usually attempt to espouse their own individual merits whilst smearing entire groups of individuals who may have only one common trait between them.
We all have biases?
I am often told that we all have our own biases against different groups, especially with regards to race. Those statements have never made sense to me. Why? Because I have never understood disliking someone for something they have no choice over. People are BORN black, brown, white and so on. How can anyone hate someone because of how they are born?
The same goes for sexuality. People are born to love who they love. Whether that be man, women or transgender or transexual or whatever, why choose to hate these people? How does how they are born whether they be straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, pansexual and so on ever going to hurt or affect you? No bigot will ever be able to answer that question effectively enough for me because there is no answer.
We are individuals
We are human and therefore we are individually unique. Yes! We have commonalities and similarities, but first and foremost we are individuals. We should be treated on the merits of our individual character, words and actions and not on the different groups we find ourselves placed in by society and by nature. And in some respects that starts at home with us. If you want to be treated as an individual and not as a group, then you must stand for your individuallity and not compare yourself to others.
You must define yourself like so many of my friends do who make me proud everyday. They never ask how they should act or think or behave based on the opinions of others. My friends act for themselves. They act as individuals living in a group society and damn are they good at it. Then as strong individuals, we can group together to stand up against those who behave bigotted towards us for one ignorant reason after another. We have to see each other as human beings if we want others to see us as such. That is how every civil rights action has worked in the past and it is how it will continue to be done in the future.