Dear protesters in Berkeley
This is not a message to one side or another.
I have been traveling during a time of great political conflict in my country. I rarely will tell people I’m from the United States of America. I always say I am from California (San Francisco Area to be more exact). Its a famous enough city that a lot of people know it from movies, but most of all its important for me to point out that where I am from, is much different than many parts of the U.S.A. In San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley we have a very active community that supports one another. We are very diverse and accepting of people from all walks of life, and understand that everyone’s voice has a right to be heard. We are a community that stresses the importance of diversity and love, and I could not be more proud to have been raised here.
I’ve always seen the Berkeley to be a very politically important town. There is a lot of civil rights history that has been made there, especially coming from U.C Berkeley students. So when I tell people where I’m from, I always stress these facts. Of course, we have more than our fair share of crime, and drugs… and protests have been known to get violent, for sure. But I was taken by surprise during my time in Honduras when I heard about some out of state protesters that had made there way to my city. I understood, but was still shocked by my communities angry and violent reaction. I thought we were supposed to be the peaceful ones, the human rights advocates. Why were we trying to prevent people from talking? Isn’t that something we previously fought for? Berkeley is a place where people should feel free to come and work on solutions to such political problems. We should welcome other points of views so that we can talk about them, and figure out the best ways to resolve misunderstandings.
This was my immediate reaction.
I am now Hearing about the current riots going on in Berkeley. I know you are worked up and upset… I know you won’t agree on a lot of things. But now is time to listen to each other. If you don’t want people to have stereotypes in you. Don’t have stereotypes on others. Listen and talk about what you think is right and then listen. Fuck man we just have to find a fucking medium here and stop fucking yelling and fighting each other. It won’t get anywhere good.
#peace #Berkeleyprotest #resolution #Berkeley #dearprotesters
I’m no Hippocrate by the way, I have yet to figure out a compromise feeling as strong as I do on some subjects. It’s too hard to hear opinions I find to be so wrong.
And I will find it better most time to say that it’s better to leave it that we just don’t agree.
But if anything at the very least, we need to make these protests less violent and less angry.
Traveling I learned what I need and what I want. #morepeaceplease
Now is not a time to say I’m right and your wrong. It’s time to question the thought processes of the other side and figure out what’s really going on.
Say something they don’t know, enlighten each other.