Are we really making a dent in racism today? How far have we really come? I believe as a society, some of us underestimate the power of persuasion and the magnitude of our actions. We think if we sit idly by and watch things unfold, that we will one day suddenly find ourselves in the throes of a world that has changed their way of thinking and has learned to accept what is different. The unfortunate reality is that we can't always relax and watch others be that change we so desperately need, we have to do our part to not only teach our little roots that no matter where other roots begin to grow, they can be transplanted and thrive but also show them how to keep weeds at bay. As a society, it seems that we are currently stuck on deciding which race is the key player in the inability to get past racism. Did the white man start this mess? Are people of color fueling the fire? What difference does it make? We can spend our days spinning our wheels on who does what, or we can be an example of peace and love and pass that on to our children who are the ones that will pay the price for our lack of action if we don't. I'm not telling you to grab a sign and go pound the pavement in the name of ending racism, but I am telling you that the little things matter and your support of the right cause matters. This post isn't about a statue or a flag. It isn't "tolerance" or "acceptance". Those are just words that leave people feeling like they are the problem that people have to learn to live with, and that only pokes the sleeping bear we are hoping never wakes. Instead of "tolerating" someone that isn't the same color as you, try embracing those differences and be an example for those who may be looking for something or someone to show them a different way than what they have been shown in the past. I stumbled upon this shirt on Etsy by DisComfort Zone, and it spoke to my inner optimist. I refuse to believe that people as a whole are deplorable, but most likely just misinformed and sometimes it can take something as small as a shirt to give someone a different perspective. One of my favorite quotes of all time, that always resonates in every facet of life for me is by Mahatma Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world". Don't just talk about it. BE IT! In your actions, be it, and in your heart, be it. Sometimes what changes the world isn't the words you say, but the ones you don't.