I don’t understand something. If a kid is getting bullied at school, what do we teach our children to do about it? Worse yet, if it’s your kid getting bullied? What do hope the other kids will do? Do we want our kids to say, “Hey, better him than me…” Do we want our kids to be bystanders?
Or rather, what might we say the to the kid who intervenes? Maybe it’s the most popular kid in class, the so-called best-looking kid or best athlete. And that kid has the platform on which to stand up for the bullied child and say “No! Not in my school.” Don’t we applaud that kid? We praise that child who stood up to the Bully and said No! Isn’t that what you teach your child? Isn’t that who you hope you’ve raised?
If so then why in the name of heaven do some of us then turn around and tell celebrities who stand up for immigrants and refugees and abused women to SHUT UP? It makes no sense. These are the people are kids idolize and frankly to some extent, so do we! Meryl Streep is that popular kid saying “No, Not in my school.!” So is John Legend who said at the PGA Awards…
“Los Angeles is the home of so many immigrants, so many creative people, so many dreamers…And those of us who work in this business have the privilege of shaping how the world perceives this country we love. We are the voice, we are the face of America. Our America is big, it is free, and it is open to dreamers of all races, all countries, all religions. Our vision of America is directly antithetical to that of President Trump. I want specifically tonight, to reject his vision, and affirm that America has to be better than that.
I love those words.
Stand up to the Bully. Because if we’ve learned nothing else, if left to his own devices long enough, eventually he comes after us too