People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.
Martin Luther King
Nowadays, it’s not that strange to be amongst people of different races, ethnicities or cultures as the world has adapted itself to accommodate all human beings. Although this new way of thinking is becoming more and more popular, it has not yet been properly carried out by the entire world.
On the one hand, as the statement conveys, the problem is in the mentalities of people who don’t realise how much of others’ cultures they have assimilated into theirs, be it in the food sector, the fashion industry, or even in the laws, and, instead of being grateful for such diversity, they proceed to complain about immigrants and their “foreign” lifestyles. This mainly occurs due to a lack of communication, as Martin Luther King wisely stated, which creates these stereotyped concepts.
On the other hand, government officials are not always encouraging integration as they have their own interests to worry about. Donald Trump, for instance, is one of the most racist presidents currently active. Besides discriminating against Muslims for their alleged affiliations with terrorism, he also despises Mexicans, blacks, women and anything else that isn’t a white male. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that peoples’ mentalities aren’t evolving as fast as they should.
In conclusion, we should all embrace diversity - as it strives to bring us together - instead of building walls that separate us.
Denise Pinheiro, 11º F