By Amy Enberg
In the first 40 days of 2021, we have seen many examples of hatred and division among Americans and around the world. Though there is never a good time for this behavior, being in a global pandemic should provide us with a new perspective of caring for our neighbors.
Hatred still exists in our world today, that is no secret. As we celebrate Black History Month, recognizing the injustices that Black people have faced historically and the invaluable contributions that they still made to society in light of them, it is obvious that individual prejudice and systemic racism continues to exist in our nation. Just this past week, a school in Utah allowed parents to opt-out their students from participating in Black History Month curriculum (though as of Tuesday, the school rescinded the decision).
During day one of the second impeachment trial of former President Trump, we were reminded of the vicious and violent Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Though the Senate voted that the trial was constitutional and can now proceed with arguments, that does not erase the collective trauma the United States faced, nor does it heal the divide in America.
Locally, we witnessed a hateful display when a street preacher harangued students, especially LGBTQ+ students, on Feb. 3 at the Lee Campus. His rhetoric has been criticized by Christian student organizations in the past.
With all of the hatred in the world, it is easy to become overwhelmed and simply give up. I implore you to reconsider this decision.
We all have power to stand up and speak out. Change starts with us, and it begins in everyday conversations with the people around us.
On a national and personal level, it is never too late to change. In the words of Ella Fitzgerald, “It isn’t where you came from, it’s where you’re going that counts.”
Where are we going?
Editor-in-Chief of the Compass