“Give Peace A Chance”

Give Peace a Chance WIRL Project


Dear Citizens of the United States of America,

In the wake of the rioting in Baltimore, I felt compelled to remind us that our nation was built on these words:

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….”

Those words do not specify race, sexual preference, education level, or affluence. Those words simply say that ALL men (and we’ll throw in women) are created equal.

All lives matter.

Enough with “black lives matter,” or “gay lives matter,” because of course they do! They matter just as much as white lives matter or straight lives matter or Irish American lives matter…they are human lives.

It is shameful that the National Guard is now protecting one of the Eastern Seaboard’s largest cities – not from a foreign invader, but from its own citizens. It’s shameful that the media continues to throw gas on the fire of an issue that it could be using its resources to help mend. And it’s shameful that people are violently turning against their neighbors because they’re different from one another.

If we don’t stop segregating ourselves, we will create a nation, and a world, of harsh judgement, hate, and even more violence.

America has always held itself to a higher standard…as a leader and as a safe haven. Individuality and the freedom to express it is what made this country strong.

Tonight, I pray that we can come together to accept one another – gay, straight, white, black, man, or woman – and to give peace a chance.

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