Race! Race! Race?

The verdict of the Trayvon Martin case has been long out but is still in the hearts of many. His hurting family. His sympathizers. And a wondering world. On the other hand,  for George Zimmerman, a sigh of relief – and for the people around him as well.

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman

As we see, people try to connect the issue, the verdict as race-related. Well, yes, the parties concerned obviously are of different ethnicity. Martin is black while Zimmerman is white – but well, not really as the white most of us refer to. Just lighter colored.

Hence, questions abound. What if? What if? What if?

Most everybody has a say. And certainly, most everyone has a point. But then, most of these points are also unconsciously biased. Thus, we have a judge. We depend on his unbiased judgement. We assume that the judge has taken everything into consideration – evidences, due process, and including “race”. Otherwise, make a plea.

Now, what is this fuss about race?

Yes, this planet has a variety of inhabitants – but hey, no aliens per se. Yes, these inhabitants have different colors and appearances – but that doesn’t mean one is genetically different from the other. We are all human beings. Thence, we should be given the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Even as the US Declaration of Independence states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Okay, this Declaration is from and for the people of the United States. Fine. But “all men”? This means all as in all. And besides, the U.S. is actually a melting pot of different races – where citizens are then called “Americans”. So, does ethnicity matter now?

As Leaders, we all try to promote cooperation and teamwork regardless of discriminatory factors. Race should never be a negative factor for anyone, and specially in handing justice. Otherwise, it’s chaos. And that’s basically what’s happening in many parts of the world.

As Leaders, we look at ability not appearance. Otherwise, we would not be able to delegate well and push projects towards our vision. See, stereotyping would only harm objectives. Why not hire potentials and develop your people instead? That’d make a stronger organization.

Make Leaders – Out of Leaders.

What’s your take?