I hear the Whispers


A white girl walks past.

I hear the whispers behind her back.

"Slut"

"Basic bitch"

"Spoiled"

"Boring"

A black man walks past.

I hear the whispers behind his back.

"Thug"

Thief"

"Welfare junkie"

"Druggie"

"Jail time"

A police officer walks past.

I hear the whispers behind their back.

"Murderer"

"Bad apple"

"Above the Law"

"Crooked"

"Liar"

A lesbian walks past.

I hear the whispers behind her back.

"Waste"

"Abomination"

"Disgusting"

"I could make her straight"

"Slut"

"Bitch"

"Not a real woman"

"Going to Hell"

"Doesn't Belong"

"Not my daughter"

A gay man walks past.

I hear the whispers behind his back.

"Fag"

"Disgusting"

"Abomination"

"AIDS"

"Not a real man"

"Waste"

"I could turn him straight"

"Going to Hell"

"Doesn't belong"

"Not my son"

A bi person walks past.

I hear the whispers behind their back.

"Pretender"

"Needs to make up their mind"

"Attention whore"

"Disgusting"

"Abomination"

"Going to Hell"

"Doesn't Belong"

"Not my child"

An Asian girl walks by.

I hear the whispers behind her back.

"Sex toy"

"Slut"

"Kinky"

"Bitch"

"Disappointment"

A Latino man walks by.

I hear the Whispers behind his back.

"Illegal Alien"

"Taking our jobs"

"Go back to Mexico"

"Criminal"

A transsexual walks by.

I hear the whispers behind their back.

"Disgusting"

"Not a real (preferred gender)"

"Can't change biology"

"Abomination"

"Going to Hell"

"Not my child"

"Attention whore"

A Muslim woman walks past.

I hear the whispers behind her back.

"Terrorist"

"Taliban slut"

"Ticking time bomb"

"Oppressed"

"Needs to return to where she came from"

An atheist man walks by.

I hear the whispers behind his back.

"Pretentious asshole"

"Smart ass"

"No moral basis"

"Going to Hell"

"Blasphemer"

A Christian walks by.

I hear the whispers behind their back.

"Bible Thumper"

"Hypocrite"

"Idiot"

"Bigot"

We are all human. We all have hour cracks, our ghosts, our demons, our fears. We all have our wings, our pride, our talents, our lights. We are all connected by our humanity. Turning on one another with baseless and slanderous assumptions does nothing but breed hatred and despair. It may never happen on a large scale, but if the individual would stop trying to tear others down, then a change could be made. We cannot depend on politicians to make the world a better place. The change we want to happen must start from within us. If we are unwilling to change for the better, then we are unworthy to accept the good that another's change brings.