Today my heart is heavy. Today I mourn the loss of an activist. Today, I will use my voice to speak out against the racism and violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.
This is no way to behave, as human beings. The racist acts in Charlottesville are ripping apart our melting pot, our beautiful diversity, and causing bloodshed and death. White nationalists should be called what they truly are: racists. They are in no way patriots. They are not fighting for their rights. They are fighting to oppress.
I will soon be living on my college campus. I am proud to say that my universe is brimming with diversity, culture, and language. It allows me to learn about people from all over the nation, and all over the world. Most importantly, it brings students, professors, and faculty members together to create the best possible learning experience. I feel safe there, protected.
I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to see an activist killed, no, murdered, on my college campus for standing up against hatred and bigotry. I couldn’t imagine the loss and pain of everyone around her.
Today, my heart bleeds for those who have lost their lives fighting for equal rights, for those who died on the right side of history, and for those who are oppressed. I promise to denounce these acts of terror and racism, and I promise to continue the fight for equality for all. I want to make this world a better place for every human being on the planet. I want my baby cousins to grow up in a world that cherishes acceptance, and is devoid of racism and bigotry.
We cannot go back to the days of blatant racism. We cannot go backwards in terms of acceptance and love and equality. We still have so much to achieve; we still have so much to fight for.
So today, I’m taking a moment to honor those who were injured in Charlottesville fighting for equality and acceptance. And for Helen Heyer, who passed away fighting. In light of this awful event, I refuse to stay silent. I will use my voice to stand up for acceptance and equality, and I urge every reader to do the same.