It’s been a CRAZY six months, filled with life transitions, professional shifts and even geographical moves. But we can circle back to all that later. Today, something made national news that made me realize it was time to break my social media silence.
The University of Alabama.
Being a member of a Greek organization in the south, myself, I am absolutely floored at the “tradition” Alabama has been exercising up to the current day. It is a sad day in the 21st century to hear of such radical segregation at such a large and respected institution. But after some research and thought, it occurred to me…. If what the stories claim are true, than the real issue lies with the older generation and not the current student-body.
No matter where the truth lies — no one is off-the-hook. This is a serious issue and is well deserving of time and scrutiny in the spotlight.
Lately, among the teens and twenty-somethings, acceptance has been the popular policy. Acceptance for nearly everything. Differences in race, religion, sexuality. You name it — young people are seeing past it and finding common ground. Sure, there are still plenty of people who refuse or simply have yet to realize that being open-minded isn’t the worst thing ever. But for every one of those…there are more of the rest of us. Open-minded, accepting, wanting to get along. Our generation has a bad reputation these days…but if there is one thing we overwhelmingly want – it’s to see peace. We support change. We feel confident in the fact that it is not our place to judge. We believe in unity.
Rappers and country music stars are talking about unity and acceptance. Pro-athletes and actors are promoting acceptance. Acceptance for all differences. This is a time to come together, not to tear one another down. And as one of many voices in my generation, I believe it is time to stop letting older generations tell us what to do and how to do it. Previous generations raised us to be free thinkers, to accomplish the unfathomable and to stand-up for what we believe in. So in doing just that, I have high expectations for the University of Alabama. I have even higher expectations for the conversations that develop from these events. It is our time. We cannot change the past, but we hold the keys to the future.
Let’s show ‘em what we’re made of.