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The “Hope”

August 22, 2011

So it has been a while since I posted on this blog, and to be honest, I wasn’t planning on posting here until I saw the movie “The Help“. I am 100% for equality. So it was no surprise that at multiple times in the movie, I wanted to pop into the story and smack all of the racist views and comments spoken by the antagonists. Every woman in this movie did a phenomenal job—antagonists and all. Now I’m not going to take too much time to get into the film, but there was something that hit me when I saw this movie. Up until the moment when Emma Stone‘s character “Skeeter” offered to reveal the views of the maids to the world, it seemed as though the African Americans had little or no expectation of change. They appeared to believe that this racist life was all that there was for them from then up to when they die.

This notion made me extremely grateful that there are/were activists who sparked hope and fought so that I, a black man, could walk through a park with a person of a different skin tone with limited judgment. I couldn’t imagine how my life might have been if there were no Civil Rights Movement.

We are, and may always be, in a struggle for equality. The slogan for the film is “Change Begins with a Whisper.” Something as small as one person speaking up can aid in creating a different society. Something as small as “you are gorgeous” or “you are worth it” can change a life. It can cause people to believe and stand up for what they believe is right. Beauty and Ugliness are not physical features. They are personalities. They are personalities that are sparked either by hope or fear. This is why I refuse to let anyone look at themselves in the mirror and see a person inferior to others. If we let people believe the fear in this world then we let them become ugly.

I propose a challenge to you: I want you to look at the first person you see and remind him or her of how gorgeous he or she is. It may be someone who is vomiting food to maintain a certain weight. It may be somebody whom which you loathe. Helping people see the better in themselves allows them to bring out the better in others. Just remember to see yourself as a gorgeous being, and this should be a breeze for you. You can’t help others unless you help yourself.

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