Here’s a question to ponder: What makes humans humans? Anatomically, we’re all the same. Humans all have a beating heart, a brain, the ability to think, communicate in a language … you get the point. What makes us unique, however, is the way we look physically, our different interests, heritage, culture, and so on. Being different is what makes humans interesting. If we were all the same, we’d be robots—programmed to do exactly what we’re supposed to do. Boring! So why do people have biases? Why do some people feel superior to others? Why are people blamed for crime or world problems that have nothing to do with the way people look?
Since the start of the pandemic, attacks on the Asian-American community have increased. Why? Some point to the fact that former President Trump called the novel coronavirus, the “China virus” and “kung flu,” which incorrectly labeled and linked the spread of the virus to the Asian community. The result? A growing number of hate crimes aimed at Asian-Americans.
Recently, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as other politicians, have condemned these senseless acts of violence. Celebrities have been speaking up on behalf of the Asian-American community to raise more awareness of what’s happening, and local organizations are stepping up to help too. Some organizations, for example, are escorting elderly Asians to and from locations where they don’t feel safe and delivering food to those who don’t feel comfortable leaving their homes.
What do you think we can do as a community to stop the spread of hate? At Xyza, we believe that human kindness is extremely powerful and that a kind world is a better world. So, we challenge you, our young readers, to spread kindness. We also challenge you to take the time to learn about people who are different from yourself. Information is key. Different is interesting. Kindness is powerful. Are you up for the kindness challenge?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your thoughts on how we can spread more kindness and stop the spread of hate.