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"It's just how the world is."

“It’s just how the world is”, a common phrase used to normalize hate, sexism, and racism. What does this mean? Does it mean that hating on someone’s body, race, or gender is okay? When people try to speak up about body or slut-shaming, hate messages and comments, bullying, or any issues that require awareness, they are told “not everyone will love you”, “get used to it”, and “just don’t read them.” This means we as a society are encouraging hate instead of speaking against it. The message we are sending is “hate is okay, you just have to deal with it.” This same hate has caused many people to end their life, go into depression, or any other mental disorders which make them feel alone, insecure, and later turn into self-hate. It is understandable that everyone will not fit with each other perfectly. People have different personalities, interests, goals, styles, but that does not mean that if you aren’t similar to someone, hate on them. I was always told, “ If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” This means, if you don’t “vibe” with a person or a group of people, just stay away. Everyone is different. We need to learn that, to make the world a brighter place.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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Leah Gonzalez
Leah Gonzalez
Oct 20, 2020

This is such an important topic and I could not agree more about everything you said. We NEED to stop normalizing hate.

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