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PSU – Berks
Love is Louder
I watched and listened with wide eyes and a gaping mouth; coming from a private Christian school I was not used to this level of audacity. I had to hold back my angry words; I just could not believe someone could be so rude. I battled with myself but the selfish side won, saying if I were to do something then I would be the new object of their attention. I wish I had said something or at least reached out a helping hand, maybe sat next to her on the bus. If I had, or anybody had, maybe Peggy would still be here with us today.
Peggy had a full head of brown springy curls that were cut short, kind of like an Afro. She had a face full of acne, and she was short and slightly on the heavier side. Now, a genuine human being would not have seen any of that; he or she would have seen the beautiful person that she was inside. Peggy was very sweet, kind and caring. Some people defined her as weird because she brought Yu-Gi-Oh cards to play with at lunch, she went “larping” (Live Action Role Play) on weekends, and most of her friends were gay.
She would walk up to a group of people with a smile and say, “Hi! Can I sit here?” and usually she got ignored. It was easy to see that Peggy was really trying, as Kosic put it “I [she] felt an undeniable need to belong …”(28) The bullies could not acknowledge that Peggy brought color to this black and white world. She was different and they verbally attacked her for it. A few days after our ninth grade year ended, Peggy was found in her room unresponsive.
Peggy taught me much. I am no longer going to sit there when I see someone being bullied; I will reach out my hand and be a friend. There is an excellent foundation called Love is Louder. Originally it was made in memory of all the gay teens who committed suicide because of people not accepting them. Initially the slogan was “Love is louder than bullying.” Today it can stand for anything, such as love is louder than the pressure to be perfect, or love is louder than hate, or whatever it means to you.
Kosic, Milos. “How to Approach a Different Culture.” America Now: Short Readings
from Recent Periodicals. Ed. Robert Atwan. 8th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s,
2007: 28-31. Print.
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