No one should be targeted because of who they are.
That should be a basic, understood belief that we all should know and follow, but we aren’t living in a world where everyone is respected even if they didn’t deserve to be disrespected.
Instead, we are living in a world where we constantly see news stories about people being yelled at, assaulted and even murdered, because they were different. But what is different, is it even there and even if it is why is it so bad?
When I look at someone of Somali or Mexican decent, I don’t view them as being different from me. Just because we’re from a different culture or region doesn’t mean we’re necessarily different. That is what baffles me so much when I hear people get so aggressive about immigrants or minorities.
Nobody is stealing anybody’s job. It’s a crazy accusation that has no merit. To those who do accuse immigrants that they’re stealing your job, you’re not mad that they have a job and are generally being successful. You’re mad that they are being successful and aren’t the same as you.
When I see a person of color get attacked, it infuriates me when the motive is based around racism and discrimination. The latest high-profile case of a man getting battery acid thrown at him seconds after being asked why he invaded his (the assaulter’s) land highlights all of this.
Immigrants are not invaders. Immigrants do not deserve to have battery acid thrown in their face, ruining their lives forever. There is nothing this man did that called for this to happen to him, the only reason it happened – was because he was Hispanic.
Hate crimes are especially violent and horrific because it involves one of humanities most primal fault – we hate what is different and we are very, very territorial.
So, because of that, we must fully prosecute hate crimes. Because they are senseless, needless and leaves the victim with the question nobody should have to answer – did this happen because of who I am?