Thursday, April 19, 2007
Tolerance not Ignorance
I have been watching as I'm sure everyone has the news about the Va. shootings, and I must say as much as I hate to that, Society has some responsibility for what happened in Virginia. Everytime something like this happens the media, makes such a fuss over the killers and what they were thinking, what did they do in their free time, what does their family do, that to a certain point they glamorize these sick individuals. It is always good to find out what makes a person react the way they do so we know how to avoid these types of endings or situations in the future, but when we repeatedly see a pattern and continue to ignore it something is wrong with us too! In almost every school shooting there was one HUGE common thread, that thread was that the person or persons in most of these situations were picked on and bullied for being different. When are we as a society finally going to understand that "JUST BECAUSE YOU MAY HAVE MORE THAN SOMEONE, DOESN'T MEAN YOU'RE BETTER THAN THEM?" This kind of ignorance is what has caused many of the tragedy's that are now being discussed in the news. Columbine, the Red lake High School shooting, this massacre now in Va. in each case the gunman is described as having been "bullied or picked on" and in each case the people around them described them as being "troubled". Yet instead of more people pushing to get them some help they continued to "bully them and pick on them" or flat out ignore them. In order to correct a problem, and prevent it from worsening you have to deal with it. Part of that "dealing with it" is in the way we educate our children and each other! IN NO WAY AM I MAKING AN EXCUSE FOR WHAT HAPPENED IN VA. OR IN ANY OF THOSE OTHER CASES, I AM SIMPLY SAYING TOLERANCE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM YOU NOT IGNORANCE IS THE ANSWER! I cannot stress ACCEPTANCE enough. When we learn to accept people who are different from us and understand that it is wrong to go around thinking we "are more because we have more" I think then and only then will see a difference not only in the crime rate in this country but also in the racial relations in this country. Knowledge is POWER and IGNORANCE only leads to trouble!