Jean Augustine Secondary School

Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Today's guest blogger is a grade 11 student.

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must 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

As we reach the middle of 2020, it is safe to say that the year has been filled with surprises that make it seem like our world is incredibly divided. On one hand, there is the global pandemic, where everyone has faced the consequences of adjusting to a new lifestyle. On the other hand, the black community has, and is still trying to combat racial injustices all around the world. While people see 2020 as a crazy, unpredictable, and horrible year, I think differently. 
With the months that we have to stay at home, the chance to dedicate that time to self-learning and growth might be the most that all of us have had in a long time. Every year, our new year’s resolutions have always been “to grow” and to “become the best person that I can possibly be“. Maybe, 2020 is giving everyone the opportunity to do exactly that. To give everyone the opportunity to learn and to better themselves. To give everyone a chance to wake up and finally see the underlying problems of systemic racism. To finally acknowledge those problems and work together to be the change in the world that we have so desperately wanted to see.

There is no better time to use it to learn and flourish into people who are even more accepting, loving, and humble. While it might seem like our world is separated now, it doesn’t mean that we can’t work for a change in the future. As the fight for equity continues, now is the time for unification. Therefore, maybe 2020 will finally be the year where everyone can grow, despite the issues that are happening now. 

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