When do you speak out?


We have all made fun of, marginalised, mocked, ridiculed, laughed at or degraded something that is sacred to someone else.

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We have all made fun of, marginalised, mocked, ridiculed, laughed at or degraded something that is sacred to someone else.

There are no exceptions.

No matter how political correct you think you are, no matter how open, no matter how progressive. Something you have laughed at, is someone’s reality or struggle.

This is because people are different, with different beliefs, different values and different experiences. So you should be ready to apologise when you know better, after all when you know better you do better.

This is why empathy is so important.

We get stuck thinking from our own perspective and forget there are other view points… still thinking linearly when things are 3 dimensional or even more.

So I ask when do you speak out?

Is it only on the things you know and identify with… so because I am black I push #blacklivesmatter only; because I am a woman I only champion #womenempowerment or because I am somewhere in the spectrum between male and female both by identity and sexual preference I only stand for #LGBT.

I know you can’t fight every cause but I remember that poem:

First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist

Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me

 Martin Niemöller 

We don’t need you to carry plaques, rally, comment on social media etc. But you need to be the voice in those private conversation, those times you are out chilling with your friends, those locker room conversations, those board members retreats.

You need to be the voice for inclusion, you need to take time to imagine how your life will be if you were whatever you have current prejudice.

And this can only happen if you have:

Respect, Respect, Respect, R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

And Respect to me does not mean I accept you for who you are… nah nobody needs your opinion or permission to be who they are.

Respect means I understand and embrace your right to make your own life choices even if I don't understand or agree with said choices such that I will not base my decisions or actions towards you with anything that is not strictly pertinent. 

For instance how does who you sleep with, how you look or what you believe in have anything to do with how you can bake a cake, fix a tyre, program an app etc. However, if I was deciding who I want to marry and I am a heterosexual woman looking for a man to father my children that is another situation.

Take a while to digest it.

Which is why I am speaking up for everyone now… yes I am different from you, but I love you with all your differences and I will fight for you to have the right to be all of who you are .

And my God, my Jesus LOVES you UNCONDITIONALLY.

God bless

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