Priscilla and I went to see the movie, “The Help,” yesterday.
This movie has a great lesson in it for all of us about how to treat all people respectfully.
This movie was entertaining.It made me laugh, it made me sad and it made me mad.
Yes I did tear up.
I believe many people believe the times from the 20’s, 30’s,
40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s have long passed for how minorites are treated For many people these times have
passed but for many people I know they have not. It continues to amaze and disappoint
me how cruel people can be and how they continue to humiliate people in big and
small ways. From senior executives to parents to the front line employee this goes on.
It is not just a minority issue or a gender issue. If can affect everyone, including you.
Humiliation is the issue and for me no one has the right to
humiliate other humans no matter what. It happens in the workplace when we don’t
know our staff members very well. It happens when we don’t sit with some people
in the cafeteria. It happens in the way we ignore people. It happens in the way
we intimidate people and the way we speak to them . These are the small ways it
In big ways humiliation turns to violence. Just look at what
happened in the United States in 1968 with the race riots after Martin Luther
King was assassinated and what is happening now in the Middle East.
I just returned from South Africa and learned a lot about the depth of humiliation
that was inflicted on blacks and colored people during Apartheid. Thank God we
had people like Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham
Lincoln and other great leaders to start the healing.
We have come a long way but we still have a long, long way
to go, but you can change this today with the people around you. Do not
humiliate anyone. In the workplace you lose their commitment. When humiliation
goes too far people lose hope, then violence occurs just like we are seeing
right now in the UK and in the Middle East. This week think about every
interaction you have with others and ask yourself if you are being a good
role-model or a poor role-model for inclusiveness and respect for all people.
Go see this movie. “The Help” will help you. It will give you lots of food for
thought and if you have a heart it will help you become a better person which in turn will help others.
.Have a good week everyone…Lee