An Open Letter to Racists Everywhere

Writing from 3.387° S, 36.683° E

Dear racist,

I read a few articles about President Trump today that set me off a bit, so I’d like to vent to you for a moment. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how you still hold onto the notion that you are superior to others because of the color of your skin. In 11 days, it will be 2018. Not that your hateful views were ever valid, but still. Do you know what that means?

It means the day is coming when you will become the minority.

I will too, but that doesn’t bother me very much. After being in Tanzania for 3 months, I can confirm that you are the cause of any hatred you feel toward others. I am the minority here, yet people don’t treat me that way. They don’t think I’m a dangerous criminal or incompetent simply because my skin is a different color than theirs. They don’t want to build a wall between us and make me pay for it. Yet, we have all heard racists use those words to describe non-whites many times in the past (I’m looking at you, Trump).

The official date when whites will become the minority in the US has been debated, but the overall idea is the same: it’s going to happen. Sooner rather than later. Some studies have estimated that it could be in the year 2045 or earlier.

And that’s not all.

On a global scope, we’re already the minority.

White people make up less than 30% of the world.  By 2060, that number will be less than 10%.

Why do you see that as such a problem? I think it’s beyond exciting. It means our backgrounds are mixing and that the lines of race are becoming more and more blurry. It means we (as a human race) are moving forward and recognizing the benefits of diversity and inclusion.

We — the world — are moving forward. Are you?

Don’t be a bigot. This is how things are. Diversity is great. Get on board.

Sending you lots of love (and hoping you use it),

3 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Racists Everywhere

  1. Carol Swartzendruber says:

    Thanks, Lauren, for telling it like it is! Your perspective, coming from your current location , is more valuable than
    anything many of us could say. Thinking of you and missing you here in Colorado. Gram S


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