Every Friday I join a group of writers and we only write for five minutes. No edits. No revisions. Set the timer. Write. Stop. Publish. Join the fun and read more about Five Minute Friday here.
Today’s prompt is: SPEAK
When I read about the events in Charlottesville, I’ll admit: I just rolled my eyes. I was tired of it all. The fighting and squabbling felt like I was back in middle school. Or between my children. I didn’t want to read anymore. I refused to even acknowledge it. Until I realized: I had to speak up. I had to be one of the voices rising up to say: NO.
It is not acceptable. I mean, lots of other people have written and spoken lots of words I agree with and express my thoughts and feelings about it in a much better, succinct way. But I have to use this blog – this page to speak up as well.
So on this Friday. Days and days after the events, although I don’t know many details, I will say this: We are a multi-racial family and it is not a big a deal as people would make it out to be. I thank my children for that. Liana and Joel are not their “China sister/brother” – they are their sister / brother.
When my children are asked, they have no idea different races mean different things to the world. Because in our world, race is just like hair color, eye color, and skin color. Facts. Like a blue shirt and brown pants. It isn’t an issue. Because these words come out of their mouths:
Mommy, she (my Chinese daughter) looks like you! You have the same hair.
All eyes are the same – they are all round.
You could have a China-baby come out of your belly. You don’t know until it comes out.
In my option differences are taught. And let me begin at home. Let me speak up at home. And more events will happen in the future for my children. So speaking up now will help them learn how to use their voice and say: NO. It is all I know to say. NO to racism. NO to judging people because of a few. NO to staying silent. YES to speaking up.