Equality

OCD MAG likes the lighter side of life, but we have more substance than ‘just for kicks’ kind of news feeds, and we believe that our readers have too. More of a serious tone, compared to our light-hearted nature, but we couldn’t help reflecting on society and life especially through the story of Stephen Lawrence.

Stephen Lawrence (13 September 1974 – 22 April 1993) was a British teenager from London, who was murdered in a racial attack while waiting for a bus on the evening of 22 April 1993.Witnesses said he was attacked by a gang of white youths chanting racist slogans. The police were less than professional in their conduct to find the culprits or in their manner.

This has raised several issues within Britain and society as a whole. Two issue we think can be examined further:

1) Race

2) Age and generation.

Race plays a huge part of the anxiety or unspoken issues within society today, true, life has improved a lot compared to the 1960’s but it’s still not how it should be. Race seems to be an excuse for such actions or case studies like Lawrence’s, but it shouldn’t be. There are only two types of people, GOOD AND BAD. Regardless of race, religion, nationality, how much you earn, what materialistic objects you have, how you were raised, what your appearance is (whether this is by how you want others to perceive you as or how the Good Lord made ya!) or even what area you live in; there are good and bad people everywhere. Being of a different race does not define your actions, it doesn’t define how you choose to act or how one should act in society and it should not define your quality of life and how people treat you in relation towards it. Reverend Jesse Jackson, was present at the conviction for the culprits who got charged for Stephen’s death, he was also present at the time of Martin Luther King Jr was a live. So this case really had and still has a huge impact not just for Britain, but in a global sense.

This quote is a favourite of ours:

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” Martin Luther King Jr

 

Secondly, age seems to be another issue for bad communication between generations. Britain’s riots of 2011, showed the youth getting blamed for the majority of the deal, but there were lecturers and other professionals of a maturer age involved! Many people fear the youth because they don’t understand the youth. Why don’t they understand? Because no one takes the time to listen, if you can’t listen or chose not to, how do you learn, grow, and communicate which all lead to a better understanding? People think and stereotype the youth as the ‘hoodie’ generation.Just because you wear a hood on your jumper does not make you a thug, the actions and persona of the individual does.

It’s a sad state of affairs, but when will be the time when we as humans start acting right? Start treating each other as equals rule out race, gender, age, sexuality and realise we only get one chance at being on this Earth. Would you want to spend it hating and causing grief on people for no reason? There needs to be a reminder that we come into the world with nothing and we leave with nothing, but the memories, our reputation will have an impact on those left behind. We are all the same, really, but like a phone, iPad we just customise ourselves differently to appeal to like-minded people. Theres no need for hate because of that, no need at all.

R.I.P Stephen Lawrence.

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