“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” said Nelson Mandela.
To move on from the racial incidents that took place in Wellesley over the summer, the community should become more involved in this mindset of people learning to love and hate. That’s why I believe we should be investigating where the hate towards specific races has developed from. What characteristics did their role models implement on them? Role models are usually of the older generations meaning kids look up to their parents and other trusted adults in their life. We should be enforcing a new mindset about race on our generation to solve this problem of hate.
A relevant point I noticed in these racist scenarios goes way back to our preschool selves. “Treat others the way you want to be treated,” is a way everyone in the community should go about one another. Additionally, Mandela stated, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.” The connection I see here is not everyone in our town realizes there is no difference of humans due to these characteristics because everyone is equal.
Sadly, Wellesley is not the only community with these awful occurrences. Therefore, if the Wellesley community can fix these problems, other neighboring districts can use our town as a positive example.