High school column

To whom it may concern,

Republicans. Democrats. To the conservatives and the liberals. To those from foreign places. To those who were born on American soil. To whomever will listen.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that the world is changing. An election. A global pandemic. A beautiful movement for freedom and justice.

 If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that we are all different. Our beliefs. Our culture. Our life is entirely, wonderfully, beautifully unique.

 If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that nothing is perfect. We don’t have the power to make everything the way we want. What was, was and what is to come cannot be prevented.

To whom it may concern,

We must love and accept one another. If 2020 has taught us anything, it is specifically this.

In times of sorrow, loss, injustice, isolation. Should our differences matter?

We are all human and in need of one another

Against this extravagant universe.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is specifically this: we must love and accept one another

To whom it may concern,

I am just a 17-year-old girl with a major hope in this world

I did not vote in the election. I do not carry a side.

I have only ever watched, observed and learned from the world that I blossom in.

If 2020 has taught me anything, it is that we are powerful.

If 2020 has shown me anything, it is the broken unity of this world.

To whom it may concern,

My opinion may be miniscule and inexperienced, but I urge you to listen.

There was a time when you were much like me

Young and undamaged by the difficulties of this world.

You did not define yourself as anything more than your name and image.

No one was lesser, everyone was equal.

Though they were still different, it didn’t matter.

To whom it may concern,

This is your challenge

Who were you before politics? Before your career?

Before you were exposed to adversity and a defensive human nature.

If 2020 teaches us anything it must be this:

Conflict and aggression solve absolutely nothing.

We are all equally diverse and that is wonderful.

To whom it may concern,

Embrace your differences.

Listen to others even if you don’t agree.

Be a friend.

Release yourself from the chains of judgement.

Because when you open your mind, you open your heart

To grow and to love

And there is always room to grow

And there is always a reason to love.

So, to whom it may concern,

Republicans. Democrats. To the conservatives and the liberals. To those from foreign places. To those who were born on American soil. To whomever will listen.

Love will always defeat hate; acceptance will always defeat judgement.

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is specifically this:

we MUST love and accept one another.

Caroline Hall is a junior at Central Magnet School. This poem was an assignment for her AP Language class.

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