“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality” A quote by Joss Wheden.
Good morning/afternoon my name is_______, and today I will be talking to you about equality and the different perceptions we all have of people in this world today. Everyone is equal, but not all of us are treated equally. You are probably told that everyone in society is equal; people aren’t equal in this civilisation because of things like racism, sexism, and homophobia.
People of all ages, race and abilities should be treated the same. There is no reason to put others down because they are different. No one is the same and it isn’t fair to point out their noticeable weaknesses just because yours aren’t visible.
Why is it that in this day and age is it still ok to be racist? We the younger generation have the chance to stop racism and to accept everyone as equals. People like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King junior, Gandhi and Nelson Mandela all fought for the same thing, equality.
We the younger generation should come together and strive for equality, yet we have done nothing to overcome this problem. The social and racial differences are the fault lines in our communities. We all want to be able to feel that we are accepted for who we are, wherever we are.
People move to different places all over the world, for better opportunities and a better life. Imagine yourself just moving into a foreign country in the hope of a better future and acceptance, but instead you are abused both verbally and physically because of minor differences such as your nationality, your facial features or your accent.
These situations have become an everyday reality to innocent people who have done nothing to anyone but are still picked on. Why make fun of something you can’t change? Why is it so hard to look past people’s race and just accept them for who they are? It’s what is underneath your complexion that counts, so why judge a person before you get to know them?
Sexism is discriminating someone because of their gender. The world is going to attempt to tell you what to do, how to act and what to think based on the body you’ve got. But what all of those individuals have overlooked is that we’re all just people. People, who cry, feel the ache of sadness and the sweet embrace of pure joy, and at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what or who you are in life, but it’s how you live it, how you love yourself and how you love others.
Everyone has different views of the world and how it’s supposed to work, but we should value each other as equals, for who we are and come together and put away our differences. I hope that after listening to my speech you will treat the people around you with the respect that they deserve and seriously think before you discriminate someone’s identity. Thank you.