A Brief Reminder
It would be crass of me to start ranting about Welsh politics and the oddities of my chosen land when the passing of a great man is foremost in our minds.
Nelson Mandela struggled to have his principles heard and acted upon. He had guts – he knew the dangers of standing up for the truth, for the right. And he got on with doing that despite those dangers.
He had a forgiving nature, too, despite the terrible things which were done to him.
How, you may ask, does this relate to Wales?
The principles which Mandela held dear must apply to our nation. We must cease to be prejudiced against anyone who seems a little different. We have a form of racism here still – an anti-English-immigrant thing in some areas, and I still receive e-mails from people who were born and raised in Wales purporting to be funny but, in fact, they are part of the anti-Muslim propaganda which is gaining momentum.
In today’s brief column, I would ask you to do what I am trying to do: treat everyone, whether or not they look and sound exactly like me, as an equal. They all have the same hopes, the same fears, as every human-being. And, if they are decent, caring folk, it matters not what they look like, sound like or what their belief-system is.