Having been born in Japan and raised up in several countries such as Japan, U.S., England, and Thailand, the issue of multiculturalism has always revolved around me. This has been especially true since I started to live in the United States and particularly in NJ/NY area which is often times described as a “Melting pot” of the race, ethnicity, and culture.
We are already two weeks into the seven weeks of the season of Lent that leads up to the celebration of Easter, according to the Christian calendar. Clearly, I speak from the perspective of a Christian minister as I write this. However, from the perspective of a clinical social worker, I would suggest that the concept of being penitent and reflective exists in other world religions.
As a person of faith who is committed to work towards the end of the violence that is still perpetrated against people of color, or against people of other religions, or against people with alternative sexual identities, I stand with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in working to root out injustice, but in a peaceful manner.