Would you believe that southern Appalachian whites and African Americans are actually very similar? There is this play entitled Dearly Departed about a Southern Appalachian white family that was adapted into the motion picture Kingdom Come starring LL Cool J with very little changes. If you really look at it you can see that we all have the same struggles, same fears, and same love of family. We are more alike than unalike.
Another thing is shared stereotypes that we don’t normally realize. In Transformers Revenge of the Fallen there were two Autobot characters who looked to this southern Appalachian white man as the stereotype of two dumb rednecks. But, the outcry from the black community showed that the characters were being seem the same way. It seems that we share those stereotypes and we don’t even see it. We are more alike than unalike.
Halal and Kosher food preparation are very similar, both don’t allow for the consumption of pork. Both require a quick and simple slaughter of permissible animals. Many Halal grocery producers also provide Kosher products to stores in Jewish neighborhoods. While they aren’t completely the same, in many products they are close enough to be indistinguishable. We are more alike than unalike.
We all have our differences and that is the thing that we most often pay attention to but if we look at what we share we will find we are the same. Try to see beyond your preconceived notions of other people who are unfamiliar to you. Find the things you have in common and celebrate those, also celebrate the differences too. Sharing and learning helps us to grow. Remember as the late Maya Angelou once wrote, “We are more alike than unalike, my friends.”