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A Small Promise: “Let People Be Different”

A Small Promise: “Let People Be Different”
March 01
20:10 2017

“Every day for the rest of my life, I will struggle to embrace, protect, and expand the mess of us, the best of us, our diversity.”


Tori Egherman writes:


Dear World,

Saturday night Kamran and I were in Hackney, a neighborhood in London’s East End. We ate at a wonderful Turkish restaurant near the Hackney Empire theater.

The restaurant was filled with people of every skin color and age you can imagine. There were black, brown, and white people, often sitting at the same table. Often together as one family.

There were three birthdays being celebrated. There were balloons and confetti. There was laughter and singing.

There was a twenty-something black woman in heels, leather pants, and a feathered shirt. There was a short 70-something white woman in brown cords and a sweatshirt. There was an 18 year old birthday boy making a speech about becoming a man.

People brought in homemade cake to accompany the grilled food.

We ordered enough food for four on a budget for two. It was all delicious.

I looked around me and thought: this is what so many people in the world fear.

This. Us. Here.

These diverse, multi-cultural families.

These impossible, loving, happy, messy, diverse people.

These people who have managed to reach out across class, ethnicity, and color to form bonds of friendship and family.

I thought, all this is about to come crumbling down.

Brexit. Xenophobic immigration policies. Unfounded fear.

All these things want to clean the mess of us — the best of us.

There is no going back. There is no utopian world free of difference. That imagination only leads to violence and destruction. We know that.

Every day for the rest of my life, I will struggle to embrace, protect, and expand the mess of us, the best of us, our diversity.

It’s a small promise, from a small person, but it’s all I have.

“Let people be different.”

Love,

Tori

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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  1. Amir in Tel Aviv
    Amir in Tel Aviv March 05, 11:24

    Multi Kulti can exist in a Turkish restaurant, where everyone is hungry and came to eat and go.

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