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posted 12 Dec 2014, 01:32 by   [ updated 12 Dec 2014, 01:36 ]
A great man once said people should “not be judged by the colour of their skin but judged by the content of their character” this still rings true from generation to generation.

Yet, my friends, we are here today, over 50 years later, in a society rife with every type of social injustice imaginable to discuss the controversial topic of racism.

Define racism. “Hostile or oppressive behaviour towards people because they belong to a different race”. Ask yourself, is this ok?

The history of racism is rooted in the middle ages with the association of Jews with evil and later developed into the enslavement of black people. But it is not right to consider one race superior to another, it is not right to value one religion more than another, it is not right to oppress people for being different.

Diversity should be welcomed with open arms. Please do not say you are open minded because you know and respect people of various religions then go out and make a racist remark. It’s called hypocrisy and is a major issue in our world today. News channels celebrate the development in favour of gay rights then they dramatize how dangerous terrorists are by only showing images of middle-eastern men in a negative light as villainous figures that the public should be intimidated by. As a result the kind shopkeeper down the road who has never done any wrong is verbally and even physically attacked by white people under a false influence of fear. This is disgusting and entirely unacceptable. We NEED change.

People like Rosa Parks, a civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat to a white person on the bus, and Malcolm X, an African-American Muslim minister and also civil rights activist, challenge the masses because the only people who can change things are us!

Law enforcement are supposed to be there to protect us. But that appears to just be the white us. Examples of this are extremely recent and raw to not only the black community but people with hearts worldwide. On the 9th of August 2014, in Ferguson Missouri, Michael Brown was shot at the hands of a police officer. An unarmed, black 18 year old male was shot by a white police officer. A BLACK MALE was MURDERED by a WHITE POLICE officer. A mother’s child was killed by someone entrusted to protect him.

We are no longer the sheep but the Shepherds. The hierarchy is now irrelevant because WE hold the power to change ourselves and through that our society. Mahatma Gandhi said “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” and this has never been more relevant in today’s society where we now have to face the fact that the bridge between black and white has been widening for a long time now and as much as we try to deny it, after the atrocities committed, we cannot ignore its provenance anymore.

So finally, I trust you will make the right decision, believe in the change it will come maybe not quickly but gradually. Don’t forget your power. Accept people for who they are and revel in the diversity that leads our small but patriotic nation to become great once again, a haven for social and political change.

And if you quote anything in this speech quote this:


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