When I talk to kids of all ages about bullying, I always share the same advice: “Be the one person who speaks up. Be the one person who stands up for the person who is getting bullied, picked on or harassed.”
So I will practice what I preach.
There is, what I consider, a dangerous trend in our society right now: in order to make a point or defend a belief, people are insulting others in an absolute cruel manner. I’ve mentioned before, it’s like being in an ocean and holding someone else’s head underwater so you can stay afloat.
Earlier today, I saw where Chelsea Handler, a comedienne who has always been a BIG supporter of women’s rights, was attacking our new First Lady. She said she would never interview Melania Trump because she “barely speaks English.”
There were just women’s marches all over the country…a moment of sisterhood…a moment to celebrate women all over the world…a moment to admire women who are different shades, sizes, beliefs…in fact, Chelsea Handler attended a march. She not only attended, she led a march in Utah. According to the USA Today, Handler said, “let’s all give each other hope and stick together.” I have to ask…are we only supposed to stick together with the women who look, sound and act like us? I feel like insulting a woman over her accent is a TAD hypocritical, don’t ya think?
Comments like that negate any progress that was made during a woman’s unity march.
I encourage Chelsea Handler, and anyone else who insults someone with an accent for example, to get to know that person…ask them to share their story…learn more about their journey. You just might learn something. Maybe people will then realize there is more to this world then our own county, city, state or country. A little more than a decade ago, I started an intriguing conversation with someone with an accent…who was born in another country. His journey was fascinating. I ended up marrying him and having three children together 😉
I remember when I took a persuasion class in college, my professor told us: “if you can’t make a point without insulting others, perhaps you should take a seat and let the grown-ups have the conversation.”