letter to the editor

Don't discriminate

Tue, 06/08/2021 - 8:15am

Dear Editor:

In my opinion, everyone's the same. It doesn’t matter if you’re black, white, Mexican, Latino, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pan sexual, female, male, non-binary, disabled --- whether that may be physical or mentally --- it’s all the same thing. It doesn’t matter what you label other people. We all breathe the same air, we all live on the same earth, we all eat the same food. There is nothing different about one another because of how we look.

If you throw your kid out or disown someone you know just because of their sexuality or their skin color, then you deserve to be thrown out or disowned just as much. They deserve to be loved just as much as straight people or white people do. If anything, they deserve to be loved for who they are and what they label themselves more than people who throw them out. When people do that, it’s like picking up an apple that’s labeled as an orange. It’s still an apple, it just wants to be called an orange and that’s OK because it still has the personality and the same juice and seeds of an apple. It still came from an apple tree, just like that person is still a human. They just want to be called something else; is that so bad?

So please, can you just let people be whoever or whatever they want? Let people be happy, if you deserve to be happy, so don’t they. Don’t discriminate; discrimination is wrong and needs to be dealt with once and for all.

I know I’m just a 13-year-old girl but I’m hoping this will change at least one person's perspective on their kids or anyone they know that may be different.

Skyla Carrier

Grade 8