Love, not race, should matter in relationships

By Staff Writer
November 19, 2009

Growing up as a little girl, my parents instilled a set of values in me that I cherish to this day. They taught me to never talk to strangers, to treat people as I would like to be treated and that someone’s character comes from within.

Although I am much older now and have also accomplished my own set of morals and beliefs, I have always carried what my parents instilled in me.

One thing that I have learned to be true is that someone’s character comes from within and that you can never judge someone from face value.

I have learned through personal experiences just how true this statement is.

Sometimes the most beautiful people on the outside can be some of the ugliest people once you get to know them. It all comes down to character, who someone is when no one is watching.

I believe that no one can ever tell you who you can or cannot love. No one should hold that power over someone else and it is a shame that some people have to deal with being harassed on a daily basis. A

fter all, isn’t all that matters is if the other person treats you good and makes you happy?

I believe that this is something that has become lost in today’s society. People care more about an individual’s personal status and what size diamond they will put on their finger than an individual’s character.

In the end, all that matters in a relationship is simple; honesty, commitment, and lots and lots of dedication. With these characteristics in effect, happiness can be found.

Isn’t that all that should matter? I find it disturbing that people are judged for dating someone of a different skin color.

Although I have never had an intimate relationship with someone of another race, I certainly would not discriminate against someone if they treated me with respect and made me happy.

Hopefully sometime in my lifetime I will be able to experience everyone living in peace whether it is gays having the right to marry or a black women being able to marry a white man without being discriminated against.

The fact of the matter is that discrimination is not something that ended when the North defeated the South in 1865. It is still prominent in our society and is an issue that will hopefully be a thing of the past sometime in our future.

Individuals need to learn to accept people for who they are and to allow them to live their life in peace. If everyone works together to allow this to become a reality, the world would be a better place for everyone.

After all, what truly matters is who someone is on the inside. In the powerful words of Ben Harper, “Your choice is who you choose to be,

and if you’re causin’ no harm, then you’re alright with me.”

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