Today is Black Out Tuesday, and you’re going to see a lot of blacked-out social media posts everywhere. I’m not going to black out my social media, because I don’t want to jump on a bandwagon, and I have something to say. Instead, I’m going to share my thoughts loud and clear.

If you don’t believe in equality between all people regardless of nationality, race, gender preference, economic status… or whatever… I think less of you. It doesn’t matter if you are a friend, family, or stranger. We are all human, and we are all sharing this planet, and it’s time we acted like it. It is so hateful, small-minded, and selfish to think less of another human being because of things they can’t control and have no choice in – and you should be ashamed.

It’s time we all step up and shame these people loudly and publicly because it’s unacceptable. It’s inhuman. Grow up and be a better person. I will not unfriend or unfollow you from this point forward If I see you spewing hate towards others… instead, I will call you out. I will make sure that everyone knows what a piece of trash you are until you become accountable for your actions, and I will encourage others to do the same.

These people hide behind friends and relatives who let them get away with their hatred because they don’t want to strain relationships… but we can’t allow that anymore. It’s time to stop making excuses for letting racism and hatred continue. We need to stop this cycle here before another generation grows up thinking this hatred is acceptable, normal, or something to be proud of… because it’s not. It is the fear and anger of small-minded, selfish people, clutching desperately to all that they have and fear to lose… like small children clinging to their toys to make sure no one has more fun than them.