Discrimination and a Whole Lot of ‘-isms’

I know I’ve been delaying my Syrup post for at least three weeks, but today I think I need to talk about a more important issue. While I was browsing channels yesterday, I opened the description on the movie 42. It said something like ‘based on the true story of Jackie Robinson when he is brought in by forward-thinking manager Branch Rickey’. Now I am paraphrasing, and I’m not sure who wrote that, but I was thrown by forward-thinking. To me, how can treating another human being with equality and dignity be called ‘forward-thinking’? Isn’t that common-sense? It is so disheartening to think that the world is still at odds with issues of discrimination whether it is in the form of racism, sexism, or the myriad of other possibilities that many have raised attention to.  


I am not saying that Mr. Rickey wasn’t a humble and incredible man; I’m just saying that to have to categorize someone as “forward-thinking” because of humanitarian common sense, seems so disheartening. It’s as disheartening as the US Speedskating team being shut out of the medal count. Perhaps I did misinterpret the description in how Rickey was a pioneer for the sport of baseball in safety measures and how the sport is managed (thanks Wikipedia, you’re a girl’s best friend!), but I’m going to bet that it also applied to bringing racism up as an issue and attempting to mitigate that issue. It is similar in today’s world where many humanitarian groups are raising awareness for workers in developing countries and even the LGBTQ community around the globe. Many are praised for the impact that they are having for those who cannot be heard, and while it is an issue, it seems sad and ironic that discrimination is still so prevalent.


This has been on my mind even more because of the Olympic coverage. The Olympics have always symbolized bringing the world together to compete on a global scale and have often shown audiences the tenacity of the human spirit and a power play of a country’s dominance over resources through the ever important medal count. I’ve thought if the world’s athletes can somehow manage to co-exist peacefully during a two week period, why can’t its armies? The world has joined together to support the values of Olympism, and according the Olympic Charter, it is “The goal of Olympism to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of human kind, with a  view of promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity”. So again, if we can take a global world filled with athletes, why can’t we all just play nice and be winners?


Maybe I’m being naïve given the history of the world, but I’m sick and tired of hearing about bombings and the tragedies that occur and in honor of February I would love discrimination to stop and just have a day full of love and service for others. Do ya feel me? Because I’m honestly trying to send out feels as strong as OTPs occurring. Thanks for listening to my rant and I hope we all just remember we’re more alike than we care to think.  


Love and Best Wishes,


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