In the past years, we have seen an erosion of empathy in our world. Whether it be through acts of violence, hurtful words, or offensive actions, we as a country and world have come to a point that beckons for change.
Yesterday morning, Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal was killed at a routine traffic violation. This was not declared a hate crime, but in my mind, any action that takes the life of another human has a stem in feelings of hate. As soon as the news broke, many took to Twitter saying that Deputy Dhaliwal just should not have been allowed to wear a turban - a result of ignorance.
The thing is, no incident is an isolated incident. In the past few months alone, a transgender woman was shot in Dallas, a Nazi flag was raised at a Michigan elementary school, the El Paso and Dayton shootings took place, a wheelchaired Libyan migrant in Germantown was assaulted, and this doesn't even scratch the surface.
We have had ENOUGH and this is our manifesto:
We will create a world that protects everyone's right to live freely and authentically. We will spread empathy and kindness to the people around us. We will fight hate wherever we see it and work to create the world we deserve to grow up in. We will be leaders that understand the power of human dignity. No matter our race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, political beliefs, family structure, or age, we will show each other respect and give grace. We are NOT naïve in thinking we can change the way this world works. We are not the leaders of tomorrow - we are the leaders of today.
Sign onto this manifesto if you want to see a #H8FreeGenZ.