Word of the Day: Tolerance
A person is a person because he recognizes others as persons.
~ Desmond Tutu
Yes, even we who should know better are sometimes guilty of dehumanizing others because they do not conform to our code of ethics, because they don’t belong to our gang, our gender, our socioeconomic group, or our sexual preference. We start to see others less as person and reach into our roster of brands: sellouts, bitches, fags, Toms, and losers.
We African-Americans know what it feels like to be dehumanized; we view those who do this to us as less than human. Let’s make sure we apply this judgment to ourselves as well, whether we are looking at our more successful, or less fortunate, brothers and sisters, or at those who’ve made choices we do not understand.
On this day, I will take five minutes to reflect upon the varied nature of black people, our many styles and contributions.
Excerpts from Black Pearls by Eric V. Copage