Many years ago, I tried to teach my grandmother how to play "" in the puzzle section of a women's magazine. I thought the rules were simple and clear enough, but she kept what was the same between the two pictures. She admitted that she found that more enjoyable. That my gran — that she preferred looking for .
There are many people in the world who spend too much time focusing on the differences between us. They like tohow these differences are bad. They people's and fears, and the online world makes it easier for them to find an audience. These people say things like being a particular culture, gender or race gives you permission to others.
I became aware of one such person recently — a Japanese YouTuber. I first heard about him in April, when a video he made of himself sharing hisviews the internet. Then in May, another video of his views of black people in Japan . He regularly makes videos sharing his homophobic, racist, , misinformed views, and it worries me how many people agree with him. He records his videos in English, with , titles. This seems to indicate he knows that in English he can reach a wider audience. This probably helps increase his video views, and his income.
Writer Baye McNeilthis YouTuber's views on black people in a in The Japan Times. I fully agree with McNeil that sending to this YouTuber's videos only gives him what he wants — . He doesn't your clicks or views.
What wouldbetter viewing is a video that came out several years ago. Titled Love Has No Labels, it was a public service announcement made by the Ad Council, an American nonprofit. It won many awards, and for good reason. I recommend watching it for its much more positive, message.
It shows friends, couples and families celebrating love and friendship by dancing with andfrom behind an "X-ray" screen. Instead of showing their faces and bodies, the screen showed their . When they behind the screen, the audience got to see love and friendship between people of different ages, abilities, religions, races and genders. The video demonstrated how underneath all these things, there is no difference — we're all human.
And maybe that's what my grandma was telling me — that it's easy to spot the difference, but theand the comes from seeing what's the same.
The Japan Times ST: June 15, 2018