My View on Racism & Gay Rights.

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion. People 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.”

–Nelson Mandela

Today’s prompt deserves a textbook write-up but I wouldn’t want to bore anyone.

I honestly wish these two topics were separated. Well, I will talk about them one after the other not like I have so much to write anyway.😌

Day 24:

As a Nigerian who has never left the shores of my country, I honestly cannot relate to racial discrimination. But that is not to say racism isn’t very much present in other continents. I mean it is very clear to the rest of the world that many black people suffer heavy discrimination in the western world.

We all saw the “black lives matter” trend a while back, which was a campaign against the violence and senseless killings of black folks by the police. I felt the pain and agony all the way from Nigeria.

Thanks to the internet, everyone around the world can connect to each other’s struggle.

However, I can identify to a more subtle form of racism in terms of “colorism/shadeism” which has strong roots in colonialism. Colorism is a prejudice based on skin tone with a marked preference for light-skin tones, which has brought about the advent of skin bleaching, washing, whitening or whatever new name they come up with next week.

I think colorism dwells in the bossom of inferiority complex and it has no place amongst people who are confident in who they are. All skin tones are beautiful, you don’t need to look lighter or darker to gain acceptance, you are enough already.

That being said, I think Nigeria still has a long way to go in terms of accepting the LGBTQ community. Gay people are still seen as abominable, the homophobia is very strong and supporters like myself are in the minority.

I believe everyone has a right to be who they want to be and love who they want. A lot of the hate projected at the LGBT community comes from a place of our own insecurities and hatred for one another.

By the way, gay rights include but is not limited to the recognition of same-sex relationships, same-sex marriages, civil unions, and domestic partnerships, laws concerning LGBT parenting, including adoption by LGBT people. It also concerns anti-discrimination laws in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, etc.

So, yes I do support gay rights and I think you should too.

At the end of the day, it is not our differences that divide us but our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

Like William Hazlitt rightly said:

“Prejudice is the child of ignorance.”

Discriminating based on skin tone or sexual orientation is deeply seated in Ignorance and there is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

Live and let live. Happy Pride month.🌈

Have a great week!

P.S: For those who don’t know, the month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969.

P.S.S: LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer.

P.S.S.S: It’s okay not to share my point of view. It’s perfectly okay not to love or show support for the LGBTQ community. But, it’s not okay to perpetrate any form of violence or barbaric act against any set of people based on whatever.

#saynotoviolence

3 thoughts on “My View on Racism & Gay Rights.

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  2. Theo says:

    Good piece.
    I anchored a group presentation on LGBT rights 9 years ago.
    Our paper concluded that the then Same Sex Prohibition Bill (now Act) in Nigeria was unconstitional because the section 42 of the Constitution provides for the right to freedom from discrimination on basis of ones sex, religion, community etc.

    That conclusion wasn’t well accepted, slurs were thrown at our group, but with time I feel we’ll evolve.

    Just like our courts recently upheld the rights of the female igbo child and widows to inherit realty and nullifying customs that dictate otherwise.

    Gay rights will one day enjoy the protection of law in Nigeria.

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