An act of discrimination that I have personally witnessed involved my friend Conor. It happened about two months ago. Some of my “so-called” friends and I were sitting at the lunch table in the cafeteria as Conor approached the table. He began to sit down as my friends said, ”Woah, Woah, what do you think your doing?” Conor said, ”Ummm I’m sitting down.” They said, “ No, No you’re not welcome here.”
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I said, “ Come on guys, just let him him sit down,” but they wouldn’t let him. Again Conor tried to pull a chair out for himself and again they pushed it back. By this time I was mad that they were doing this so I got up, walked around to where he was standing, pulled the chair out, let him sit down, and then walked back around to my.
As I was nearing my seat someone from another table got up and quickly sat in my chair. When I asked him what he was doing he just said, “ O’man I’m just eating my lunch.” I was fit-to-be-tied, and, as Margaret Mead said, “ Change will not come if we wait for some other person, some other time. We are the change that we seek,” so that is exactly what I did, I took action!
I knew the guys wouldn’t change just because of anything I said, they didn’t care that they were hurting my feelings or his. By this time they were also telling Conor to leave. As Conor and I left the table we sat at a table just across the room. While we were eating our lunches one of the kids that were sitting at “the mean table”, came over to our table. He apologized and sat down to eat. He was the only nice one at the table at the time.
Now we are all friends and we all sit together at the lunch table. In the future, if I’m not accepted by someone or to something I will just simply not pay attention and remember that God put me on this earth for a reason and after all, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”