When every country in the world is dealing with racism, there is this one innocent animal that stands silently as a symbol against racism.
This passage from the popular book , ‘The Help’ by Kathyrn Stockett which has also been the subject of a major motion picture speaks volumes about humanity and stands tall against racism.
Once upon a time they was two girls,” I say. “one girl had black skin, one girl had white.”
Mae Mobley look up at me. She listening.
“Little colored girl say to little white girl, ‘How come your skin be so pale?’ White girl say, ‘I don’t know. How come your skin be so black? What you think that mean?’
“But neither one a them little girls knew. So little white girl say, ‘Well, let’s see. You got hair, I got hair.'”I gives Mae Mobley a little tousle on her head.
“Little colored girl say ‘I got a nose, you got a nose. “I gives her little snout a tweak. She got to reach up and do the same to me.
“Little white girl say, ‘I got toes, you got toes.’ And I do the little thing with her toes, but she can’t get to mine cause I got my white work shoes on.
“‘So we’s the same. Just a different color’, say that little colored girl. The little white girl she agreed and they was friends. The End.”
Baby Girl just look at me. Law, that was a sorry story if I ever heard one. Wasn’t even no plot to it. But Mae Mobley, she smile and say, “Tell it again.”
Racism is defined as the belief that one race of people are superior to another because of the race they are born into!
The Panda, the black white bear that eats bamboo is a source of inspiration. There have been various fights against apartheid in the course of history with many being won and many still going on with individuals fighting against discrimination even today.
The blacks – no matter what country they belong are often looked down upon simply because they are dark-skinned and the white – the fair-skinned one are considered to be superior even after so many years have passed to the right to equality being implemented in almost every constitution across the globe.
Now look at the Panda. A perfect mixture of black and white, living happily and innocently, often bringing a smile to the faces of everyone who ever sees it. That is nature’s way of telling to – QUIT THE BULLSHIT!
Today, the panda is the symbol of various anti-racism movements.
A person’s capabilities cannot be judged by their race. Someone cannot be a thief because they belong to a particular race or be good at business because they belong to another!
For those who can connect the dots – if all human are born the same way and die one day, how can one be superior to another?
Every year, scores of people are victims of racism. Many of these victims face death, simply because they have a skin that ‘they should not have’. In the last 100 years, racism has been responsible for the death of over 62 million people across the world, according to soundvision.com. And even more number of people have been harassed, thrashed and humiliated in the name of racism with a large number of those people being in India.
When we look at these alarming numbers, we realise the urgency to become a panda. Keeping in mind, them message that panda’s spread, the World Wildlife Fund made the panda a part of their logo. Chi-Chi, a giant panda, was living at the London Zoo in 1961, the same year WWF was created.
We all know how powerful pandas can be – watched Kung Fu Panda, haven’t we? Be a panda! Stand up against racism!
P.S. : Did you know you could adopt a panda and help send a message? Visit here.