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Can't We Just all Get Along?

Updated on July 10, 2012
Can't We All Just Get Along?
Can't We All Just Get Along? | Source

Can’t we all just get along? Sound familiar? It should, it’s the famous line that Rodney King said, from what I have read in the newspapers. I’m not going to get into anything about Rodney King but that statement is profound.

Can’t we just get along?

Because some are rich and poor people dislike rich people, because people are jealous of others who have something they don’t have, because we were taught to dislike others who were different from us, and the list goes on (maybe I should put here that the beat goes on….. Someone will get that – think famous duo )

Human Skeleton

What race is this person?
What race is this person? | Source

What Race Is The Person/Skeleton In The Picture?

Wake up people, WE ARE ALL THE SAME underneath this shell called skin.

We have a president who is half black and half white, yet for the most part he acknowledges only his black part, why? It’s both the black and white part of him that has made him who he is, if he was all black or all white he would not be who he is!! Think about that. Please don’t perceive that as a negative comment as it’s totally neutral but factual.

We are who we are because of our parents and have the DNA, genes, or whatever because that is what makes us, US J.

I come from England and did not experience racism as a child. Does that mean it didn’t exist, highly unlikely; I was just unaware, thankfully. My grandparents came from Ireland to England and it wasn’t until I was an adult that my dad told us his family came from Ireland. Why, was he ashamed, no, but to protect us as being Irish in England at the time I grew up was not popular. However, I am now very proud to be an American citizen – plus, I am equally as proud of my Irish and English heritage.

Was I around in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was signed, probably not – but it depends on who you ask ;) Yet, you know what, I celebrate and have fun, eating great food, watching fireworks, having fun with friends, family, and even strangers. Get this, who were the Americans celebrating the freedom from? That’s right, the English, did I mention that’s where I was born and grew up? That’s right, the English.

Even without the link everyone knows this piece of information. Now, why would I want to celebrate an “American” holiday with a country that wanted freedom from my birth country? Simple, I am here and I enjoy the freedom and opportunities that are available to me.

Why do I even mention this? I read what Chris Rock had tweeted about July 4th being a white holiday. For real, he is entitled to his opinion, no I haven’t walked in his shoes, but I was not born here yet I choose to recognize the opportunity and freedom that this country offers to everyone!!!!! It’s comments such as Rock’s that fuel the relations between people with different color skin.

I’m a teacher and my students know that I care about them as a person and could care less about the color of their skin. When the topic of race comes up we address it and I have told them that the positive change begins with them, they cannot change what others think, say, or do, but they can change how they react and work to make the changes for the better. Will it stop racism, no, because we’re dealing with people but you, me can make a step toward lessoning the evil of racism. In fact, several of my students have written me beautiful letters telling me how much they appreciate me as a teacher.

Can’t we all just get along? Let’s work on it a lot more and move on – is that denying history and the atrocities that happened to black people at that time in history who were slaves? No, not all. It happened, it was wrong, it was shameful, but let’s all just get along. Just like the war between England and the USA, it’s part of history.

Let’s all just get along - This IS the greatest nation on earth.


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      BJC 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for your kind words Au fait!! Yes, indeed, people who put others down are insecure, and I do love the differences between people that includes culture, skin color, language, etc. because it does make the world a far more interesting place.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      Very good advice BJC. The trouble seems to come from people who have a need to feel superior somehow. They are't happy unless they can look down on someone. No matter how many differences between people you remove (if that were possible) these people who get their self-identity by demeaning others will find a difference to object to.

      I'm sure you have come across lots of people over your life. Think about the ones who always seem to need to put other people down in order to build themselves up. Not the best method to add stature to one's self, but there will always be such people with us.

      I voted you up and beautiful for your attitude and perspective expressed in this hub.