15 October 2012
I was recently in a lecture on diversity and the quest speaker shared with us some of his experiences growing up as a black man in London. He made us aware of the oppression that he witnessed then, and shocked some of us with the fact that it still happens today.
What really stuck with me were the two words, ‘Sharing Life’. These words have been ringing in my head ever since I heard them and made me realise how important it is to take the time to connect with people who are different to myself.
We can often look at someone’s appearance and make assumptions rather then giving him or her a chance. This is something that happens to young people on a day-to-day basis when all they need is someone to sit down and chat with them.
I now see that experiencing other people’s cultures can be enriching. At Urban Hope we find that we make connections through sharing conversation, music, food and traditions. Old stories are shared and we have a good laugh. This is how we relate to young people and this is how we build bridges between each other.