There’s been a lot of movement in the past few years towards eliminating the discrimination of gays, minorities, women, and other groups of people. I think it’s great. Everyone should be treated fairly, and nobody deserves to be put down because of who they are or what life choices they make.
There is one aspect about the whole thing that has me a little nervous, though. Society today praises and idolizes the concept of being proud of yourself if you’re homosexual, female, or of a different race. That’s wonderful, and these people should have the right to be proud of themselves. However, it is also having a negative collateral effect on society. It’s considered a wonderful thing to be proud of being gay or black, but one can’t express being proud of being straight or being white without being seen as bigoted or biased.
I’m not talking about the people who actually are bigoted or biased. They just need to change their attitude. I’m just talking about the kind, sincere people that society is saying shouldn’t be proud of themselves. I, for one, am a straight, white, Christian man. While I love that the other demographics are getting recognition in our culture, I would also feel a lot better if I was allowed to be proud of who I am as well.
The problem, of course, is that too many people are using their pride in themselves as a reason to put others down. No one group is innocent of that. We obviously need to be careful and avoid offending others. In writing this article I am in no way suggesting that the aforementioned groups be any less proud of themselves.
I just want everyone to be allowed to be proud of who they are. I want gays and straights, males and females, blacks and whites and every other group of people in our country to stand together and say that we are all proud of ourselves and of each other.
This is a call to unity and pride, not just within individual demographics. We can do better than that. Let’s all be proud of each other and stick together whether we agree with each other or not. Let’s fight for each other’s rights as well as our own.
Let me just say that I’m proud of you. Whoever you are, whatever you look like, whatever choices you make, if you are doing what you can to be happy then I am proud of you. Keep being who you are and be proud of it!
What are you proud of? What is one thing you wish people understood about you that makes you different? Let us know in the comments below! Let’s see if we can get some understanding between groups here. Don’t forget to subscribe and share with your friends!