Perspective, the most powerful thing on earth. A statement of my own so therefore not entirely factual, but true none the less. The very definition of perception is, “The way you think about or understand someone or something (Unknown, 2016)”. Is this not the very thing that causes us to take sides in conflict or to act on something that doesn’t seem right? We are not born with the understanding that “White is Right” we are taught this from a very young age by our predecessors; our parents, our society, history, even by the very nature of being human. Our perceptions define our realities, and when we are afraid of the dark or the blackness that is inside our cores, our perceptions of black and white change. Explanation as I perceive it are as follows; fear, ignorance, and the basic human need to conquer, and the need for change.
“The likelihood that your acts of resistance cannot stop the injustice does not exempt you from acting in what you sincerely and reflectively hold to be the best interests of your community.” (Sontag, December 26, 2007). Bold words said by a very strong woman, a woman who was in a position of safety, but to follow this in time of fear… That is strength; that is power.
When you are a child and you are afraid of the dark, do you resist that fear and look around in the dark to make sure it is safe, or do you hide under the covers in hope that it will disappear? It is not the dark we fear, but what looms inside what we cannot see, that is what we…