One of the things that has changed is that we now celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day because of the bravery he showed in standing up when people were disrespected. However, he was not able to do this on his own. He also paid a very big price for standing up because someone eventually killed him because they disagreed with him.
We still have a lot to do to help people respect everyone, especially people who have brown skin and also who may have a different language or religion than we do. Even if we don’t know these people personally, they are all part of creation and should be respected.
When I see someone who is being treated unfairly, I can talk to them and let them know that they are not alone. I can ask them how I can be a good upstander with them. When I lived in Indonesia, I met a lot of people who were Muslim. Now, when I hear people talking about Muslims, I can think of my friends and wonder if the conversation is respectful to them. If not, I can speak up and let people that people with that faith are people we can respect even if we don’t know them personally.