Today I faced prejudice and I have something to say…

I apologise.

I apologise to every single person I have ever prejudged. I am sorry for thinking you were less intelligent, or less friendly before getting to know you. I am sorry for not believing in you. I apologise for crossing the road to get away from you. I apologise for not understanding how you feel about your sexuality or your gender. I apologise for not understanding your customs, or your traditions. I apologise for brushing off any hurt I have caused with careless comments or tactless words. I apologise for using the wrong pronoun, or derogatory term, or using a mean tone of voice.

I apologise for living in ignorance.

I apologise for the fact I will probably still prejudge some people,

but I will try my hardest not to.

Call me out. Tell me I’m wrong. Help me better myself.

We all do it. We are all ignorant to some extent. Ignorance is defined as the lack of knowledge or information and maybe I just haven’t experienced enough yet. I am young. However my intent is good. I will try to change and better myself.

However I think it is intent that is the crux of the matter. I didn’t intend any harm, to the best of my knowledge. The person today did.

To show this, if you call me out I promise I will listen. I promise I will work hard to make amends. I truly don’t mean harm, and I want to learn about everything and everyone. I didn’t like how I was treated today and it opened my eyes to the suffering I may have inflicted involuntarily.

Everyday, I will just get a little bit better, and a little more wise.

And until the day I am not ignorant in the slightest, I promise I will compensate with kindness.

KJ

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