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Cheerios Commercial – Let the Comments Stand

Cheerios put together a beautiful and heart-warming commercial featuring a biracial family and the country is in a spin. The brand decided to remove negative comments from YouTube, but I say let the comments stand. YouTube should publish real first and last names next to each one.

Many are surprised that in 2013 there would still be so much racism. It happens to me– insulated in my culturally-diverse community– where I forget that this kind of hatred and vitriol can still be formulated as a thought, let alone a word spoken or put to print. But, as I mentioned in a previous post, just when I’m ready to relocate my mind to that precious utopia, something happens to snap me back to reality.

Reality is … that hate is taught and people are still teaching it and passing it along from one generation to the next. Reality is … that while we have come a long way, there’s still a significant part of the population who have yet to make that journey as well. Reality is … you can’t confront what is often shared in whispers or spoken in the comfort of home among equally ignorant and unevolved minds.

So, I say let the comments stand. Put the hatemongers on the map and stop hiding what is a very real part of our society … TODAY.

It’s hard to read, even harder to hear as I found out for the first time the year I graduated from high school. A week at the beach among “friends” would offer one of the most important lessons I would ever learn in life. “Hey, look at me, I’m walking like a n*gger,” she said and the words pierced through me like knife. A wound that would never fully heal, as it was re-opened time and again.

Ignorance and fear create this kind of hate. Hiding it pushes it away for the moment from our minds and from our eyes, but never completely from our lives.

Let the comments stand and let those who uttered the words stand by them, publicly, so we all know… and learn… and teach.

 

Videos Scare Me: My First Vlog

I have wanted to start a video blog (or vlog) for sometime, but just always wanted it to be perfect. After discovering an old video of my grandmother enjoying life as she always did, I was convinced that I need to just get started. I’ll never be perfect, but I’ll always be me. 🙂

Here’s my first video blog. How did I do? *biting my nails*

Written by Shara

February 21, 2013 at 3:41 am

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