We can disagree and still love each other, unless…

We can disagree and still love each other, unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.

James Baldwin

Nobody is a hater, nobody is a racist, and nobody wants to hurt anyone. Yet we so easily ostracize, malign, and undermine those who disagree with us. We can secretly want everyone around us to be like us–if we are honest. Yet diversity of everything makes everything possible. How do we love the people we disagree with? How do we accept our inter-dependency? There is no south pole without a north pole. No black without white. The crest and the trough of a wave. Darkness and light. Opposites define one another—two sides of the coin, two sides of the cloth. One cannot exist without the other. When we profess exclusion, suppression, and even extinction of those we oppose, we advocate for self-destruction. 

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