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I thought we fixed this?

posted Jan 20, 2015, 11:20 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 20, 2015, 11:21 AM ]

            A great man by the name of Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream once. Every man, no matter the color of his skin, was to be treated equal. The point was to equalize people. People shouldn't be criticized just because someone from their race, religion, sexual orientation or gender made a poor decision. Racism is still a problem, and but it isn’t just racism that is the problem either. People are criticized every day for being a specific gender or a certain religion, on top of racism. Today, many people stereotype Muslims. Yes, some Muslims are extremists and have done horrible things to people. Some people from Iraq have done inexcusable things to people of their country and others, but not every single one.

In recent news, most people have heard of the terrors in the Middle East with ISIS, caused because the group wants to create an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. Even more recently, a magazine in Paris had an attack from terrorists. Al Qaeda has taken responsibility and ISIS has praised the terrorists, according to the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), but the attack was not something from all Muslims, and that is the main problem with how society sees all of these problems.

Just because one Muslim is bad, it doesn't mean every single one you meet is. Just because you disagree with how one gay or lesbian acts, it doesn't mean every single person from the LGBT community acts the same or has the same opinions. People of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community are shunned daily for being different.

Not all women are feminists. Not every African American is in a gang. Not every Catholic has the same views on their religion as the next Catholic. It’s the same with every other religion as well, not just the ones people around this region are familiar with.

            Martin Luther King Jr. had the dream of equality, even if at the time it was for African Americans. His speech applies to everyone in the world. We should treat each other with the respect we would want others to treat us with. There are some horrible people out there, but some people were raised a certain way and don’t know how else to think. Inside, we all have one beating heart, solid, sturdy bones and muscles running with crimson blood. We are humans. We are together on earth and we should make the best of what we have with who we have to share it with.