The A to Z Challenge has begun and I did not completely forget about it. ^_^
Today I want to talk about acceptance but before I get to the main topic I want to comment on a latter issue regarding this subject. I work twelve hours a day, Monday through Friday and sometimes on Saturday and Sunday, from 6am to 8pm. I'm a journalist for a NGO (got the job through connections) and that includes going to and compiling and reporting on every single event they do; I then take this info and write a monthly newsletter for the company. Why did I mention this? Because I barely have time to hang out with my friends or family anymore, far-less blog. I know I don't visit your blogs as often as I should, or at all, but it's really hard for me to do when I'm held up in meetings or listening to a senator discuss boring plans for growth. I try my best to be there for you and darn it to hell I want you to be there for me too. When I hit that button to follow your adventure I mean it. I might not be as vocal or as frequent but I'm there, and I'll be there. Eventually.
Now that you understand my scant blogging habits, help me comprehend a topic everyone has been talking about: Trayvon Martin vs Zimmerman.
If you haven't heard about this case then you are more out of whack with reality than Charlie Sheen. Allow me to briefly get you up to speed: Travyon Martin is a 17 year old African American boy who visited his father in a gated community in Florida. He went to the store at night to get skittles and tea for his kid brother and on his way home he was shot and killed by Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watchman who found the boy to be "suspicious."
1. The act or process of accepting.
2. The state of being accepted or acceptable.
3. Favorable reception; approval.
4. Belief in something; agreement.
5. Abbr. acpt.
a. A formal indication by a debtor of willingness to pay a time draft or bill of exchange.
b. A written instrument so accepted.
6. Law Compliance by one party with the terms and conditions of another's offer so that a contract becomes legally binding between them.
|Synonyms:||reception - admission - approval - adoption|
Acceptance has many meanings and many forms but for some people this simple word can save or destroy them. The issue with the Trayvon Martin case is racially driven and it is alleged that Zimmerman shot the kid because of his skin color. At the moment, there are countless rallies and cries of justice for the slain teen because even as I write this, Zimmerman has not been charged for the murder.
For hundreds of years, African Americans and many minorities have fought for society to accept them for who they are and it is sickening that in 2012 that fight is still ongoing. Acceptance is an extension of love, by allowing someone--a people--into your fold you are opening up your heart to them and all that they encompass. To deny a people this right based on the color of their skin or any other factor not based on their virtue is evil.
It is alleged that Zimmerman shot Trayvon because he was wearing a hoodie, because he was black and because he was in a gated community. This bullshit racial profiling needs to stop! As humans we can't help to judge a book by its cover, but as humans with wisdom and understanding we also SHOULD be able to know that that book is never always what it first appears to be; that we should give that book a chance; listen before we act; and, above all else, accept that book for what it is.
We need to accept the fact that African Americans and almost everyone else wears hoodies.
We need to accept the fact that they can live in gated communities.
We need to accept the fact that someone is black.
Acceptance is an extension of love and if you cannot accept someone for who they are, then by extension you are... well, you-know-what.