I am a white, heterosexual, Christian who was born in the United States and I have a message for all of you who can’t say the same.
To those of you whose skin is black, I AM NOT BETTER THAN YOU. People are people, and character has nothing to do with race. Even though I don’t judge people based on the color of their skin, I won’t pretend that it doesn’t happen, and I will never claim to understand the struggles you face when other people do.
To those of you who identify as LGBT, I AM NOT BETTER THAN YOU. There’s nothing “wrong with you” and you are not going to hell because of your sexuality. I support your right to marry. (Hopefully, you’ll be more successful at it than I was.)
To those of you who worship a different God than I do or none at all, I AM NOT BETTER THAN YOU. Religion is a personal choice. To condemn someone because their beliefs are different than my own is contradictory to what I feel is morally right. And, no, I don’t think that all Muslims are terrorists.
To those of you who were born in another country, I AM NOT BETTER THAN YOU. The majority of people who immigrate to the United States only want to make a better life for themselves and their family. The ones who come here to commit crime or harm American citizens are the few exceptions, not the majority. And, no, I do not think all Mexicans are drug dealers.
The events which unfolded in Charlottesville today will make people look at each other differently. After seeing that kind of hate so blatantly and proudly displayed, people will look at strangers, neighbors and coworkers and wonder if they secretly feel the same way. And, for that reason, I want to make sure that those of you who aren’t white, heterosexual, Christian Americans know that I DO NOT THINK THAT I AM BETTER THAN YOU!