Recently I wrote a short blog on the topic of bullying. The blog merely stated how bullying is tragic and needs to be stopped (Read the past blog). So when I found out there was going to be a day, October 20th, where people would all wear the color purple to honor those who took their own lives due to bullying. I don't own anything purple but I had planned to take part in the event, but as I started doing more research about the event I decided not to take part. Here is why.
Wearing purple was to honor the LGBT kids that took their own lives. Okay, so what about everyone else? What about Phoebe Prince, a girl who wasn't gay, who took her life due to bullying. What about Sladjana Vidovic, not gay, who took her life due to bullying. There are plenty more people who wasn't gay, who also took their lives. So my point is, I refused to take part in wearing purple because if we're not honoring all of those who died because of bullying then we shouldn't honor anyone at all.
Now, before anyone starts sending me hate emails and calling me a bad person, hear me out. If you wore purple because you are remembering someone who you were actually close to, who you physically witnessed them getting bullied due to them being gay, than that's fantastic. Because there has been plenty of times when I would be bullied right in front of some of my best friends, and they did nothing. They just stood there and let it happen, and I bet some of them wore purple the other day, Why? To make them feel like a good person. We need more people who are not afraid to stand up for what's wrong. But if you're wearing purple because you want people to think highly of you because you are a gay supporter (Which let's face it, that's how our society works. We like to feel important, and we like it when people think we're important) than you're doing it all for the wrong reasons. I'm starting to rant now, so I need to just step away from the keyboard. But I just felt like this whole thing was a gimmick, and it was unfair to not give recognition to all of those who have died.