On Hate, Love and Empathy

With the current state of the world, I find it impossible not to write this. I know that my blog is usually about happy, lighter topics and I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that (obviously), but I think it’s important because, as Desmond Tutu once said:

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
Even though I don’t live in the United States, I think the current political climate there is bound to affect us all. Hate and discrimination will never be a reasonable solution to anything, no matter how bad things are. Empathy is at the basis of humanity and building walls, banning entire religious communities and restricting healthcare coverage are anything but empathetic.  Even if something doesn’t directly affect us, we should support those whose rights are being jeopardized.
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Martin Niemöller

My favorite place to read social commentary is on Twitter, so below are some of my recommendations to stay involved with the daily happenings in the US from different points of view.

Shaun King

Ijeoma Oluo

Clint Smith

Deray McKesson

Johnnie Jae

HP Latino Voices

Khaled Beydoun

Jessica Valenti

Pew Research Hispanic

Simon Moya-Smith

Michael Moore

Matt McGorry

Check out my Twitter (linked on the sidebar) for all my faves and tell me yours in the comments below!

Image credit: Annie Spratt

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