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Children Cry the Same Language

Updated on January 28, 2018

One movie that changes the way of thinking.

I saw a movie called “Freedom Writers”. The movie is about interracial problems. The main character is a teacher called Erin Gruwell. Miss Gruwell begins to work at a school in Long Beach. At the beginning the headmaster wasn’t sure if she was going to manage the situation, because most of her pupils had a troublesome behavior. When the teacher first came to the new school, it was remarkable for her, that there were some social groups, such as the Latinos, the Cambodians, the Asians, etc. and clearly there wasn’t a peaceful coexistence. Her aim was to reduce or even destroy the racial rivalry, the racism between her pupils. And she reached her goal by teaching the children that they gain nothing by hating each other, she taught them to get along with each other without always having to argue. She taught them, that the only thing they were going to cause if they kept having the ideology that their race was the best and only one that should live at the earth, was going to be a holocaust. So they learned tolerance.

One of the students once told her “Lady, I'm lucky if I make it to 18. We in a war. We're graduating every day we live.” Intolerance between people just leads us to death and destruction. We lose people we love everyday just because of the lack of commitment to try to get along with each other. Intolerance just breeds wars and nothing else. When I see someone that’s racist it just upset me, because I can’t accept the fact that they hate someone even not knowing them. For example, there are many people that say “I don’t like Mexicans, Russian, French, etc.” But they have never ever in their entire life spoken to one of these people. On the other hand we now can see that one of the main problems is generalization. If someone knows a Frenchwoman/Frenchman that is rude, than they begin to think that all French people are rude and that ain’t true.

Nelson Mandela once said: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

© 2018 Marie MacDonald

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