Three Candle Lights Against The Darkness of Discrimination

Our history is forever stained with discrimination and it is sad to admit that it is not totally eliminated until today. In those dark hours, there were candle lights who gave us hope and inspiration and sacrificed themselves by letting the fire burning though the fire consumes them till the end. They fought against discrimination so that all people of all colors can live together peacefully. Their existence to this world has broken barriers that divide us. Let us never forget them and their sacrifices.

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Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

” Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves”

He made history by passing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 to free all the slaves. There were articles about his real views on the equality of white and Black but we cannot deny that his actions opened the eyes of the people. It prepared us for next history makers to change the way we think. He risked his position and dared the unknown, he would sacrifice everything for the freedom of everyone. For us, he was the perfect president who died in the most imperfect way. Had he live today, we are sure that he will move with us towards equality of all races.

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Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

“I hate race discrimination most intensely and in all its manifestations. I have fought it all during my life; I fight it now, and will do so until the end of my days.”

Almost three decades of his life was spent in prison for fighting discrimination against the black people. He opposed the apartheid system which limits black people from many areas of the society. In 1994, he was elected as the president of South Africa. His leadership focused on improving the lives of his beloved citizens, removing all the barriers that hinder them from getting decent life because of their color. He proved that being black should not be a curse to suffer from poverty and lack of society acceptance.

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Martin Luther King (1929-1968)

“God never intended for one group of people to live in superfluous inordinate wealth, while others live abject deadening poverty.”

He stood in front of thousands of people to deliver a speech that forever rings the bells of equality. All men are created equal, that was the foundation of his belief, and that is the truth that nobody should deny. He was a preacher, social activists, and a father seeking equality until his last breath. He was assassinated in 1968, his death didn’t stop his supporters from continuing his fight for equality. And we believe that his early death only brought fiery hearts to extinguish segregation of people of color in the society. He shown that there is no need for a bloody war to achieve change. He taught us that love conquers it all, it is the only way to change the dimming mindset of people who promote racism and discrimination. It is only by love that we can live on this Earth peacefully and with equality.