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Poem by Joie Jarman, Staff Writer
Feminism. This word brings debate, fighting, and discord wherever it goes, but should it? This word is one of hard work, and success. It's a word of hardship and persistence. Behind this word is millions of woman, all fighting for one thing, and one thing only: equality.
Equal. A word that people use in vain. A word that has so much meaning, behind that meaning, lives lost. This word has taken people from this life after they asked for only one thing: to be treated like a fellow human being.
Human. A living, breathing life. You. You are a human. We are humans. We are the same. Things like race, religion, and gender have divided us. These simple differences have started wars. They have taken lives during these wars.
War. A thing that nobody likes, but everybody creates. A synonym for war is struggle. Perhaps this life is just a struggle to understand one another, because things that are different scare us.
Fear. The unpleasant emotion caused by something that seems dangerous. Why should different seem dangerous.
Different. We live in a world where we are told to celebrate differences, but not all differences. Some differences should be put to shame.
Shame. The painful feeling of humiliation or distress. Why should people feel shame for the way they were born, or what they believe, or how they act. Why do we shame people when all they do is love.
Love. A feeling that is accompanied by a sense of belonging. We should love everyone we see, everyone we meet. Everyone in this world deserves love. Everyone deserves to belong to this crazy, amazing, diverse family we call the human race.
Race. This life is not a race. The people around you are not your competitors. We are a team.
We are one.
We are HUMAN.