I don’t think I’ve ever received so many emails to post a video as I have for Jonah’s. In fact, when I first watched the video on Saturday, it had just 3,000 views. Today, it has more than 2.2 million.
Jonah is an eight grader who expresses, using a series of cards, his fear and emotion. He’s afraid to go back to school and he’s tired of the name-calling – including homophobic slurs like “gay,” “fag,” and “homo.”
I can’t help but think that, if there were a required course in compassion, empathy and acceptance for all human beings, viewing this video would be part of the curriculum. In a world so desperately in need of love, all of us have the opportunity to do what we can with what we’ve got. We must all take responsibility for what we do, say and type – and how it affects others.
On the last few cards, Jonah writes, “I’m not going anywhere. Because I’m stronger than that… and I have a million reasons to be here.” Actually, Jonah, 2.2 million reasons… and counting.