Everyone in the world, regardless of race, disability, and sexual orientation can do something to help in the fight against hate and negativity. We just have to utter the words “ I won’t stand for it!” The “I won’t stand for___” campaign is set to send the message to the millions of people in the world that no one should stand voiceless to acts racism, bullying and homophobia. I would like to bring that million individual movement to the thousands of students and staff who make up the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.
The purpose of this movement is to promote awareness (conscious awareness) on discriminatory topics that affect numerous people on a daily basis. “Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying, 1 out of 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying, and harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents”. Also, “9 out of 10 LGBT teens have reported being bullied at school within the past year because of their sexual orientation”.
Throughout the entire journey of this project, I felt that I learned more about my fellow students than ever before. The passion that others felt referencing such s sensitive topic was amazing, and it brought out a lot of emotion. The acts of discrimination that people expressed, were some that I couldn’t even fathem the idea of. The amount of time,effort, and participation that was put in to my project was well worth it, to open the eyes of more students at UMBC. Who’s to say that one day discrimination and hatred can’t be over? What if one day teenager suicide ends, because they are no longer are being bullied at school?
To create a nation wide halt on discrimination it has to start at home. UMBC is just the gate-way to something bigger. In a perfect world everyone is caring and loving of one other, but why can’t that be our world. However, UMBC is setting the stage and is going to be a role model for the rest world to see how individuals should treat each other.University of Maryland at Baltimore County does not tolerate or accept the severe acts of discrimination and bullying, so neither should you!