Bob Munoz wants us to change the language so that we are not just tolerating other groups of people. We are accepting them wholeheartedly.
It really ticks me off when folks sling the word “tolerance” when they really should be saying “acceptance” of other who are different. Social scientists, the media, politicians, even people who are different in their beliefs, ethnicity, or race use the word tolerance when they really mean acceptance.
Personally, I tolerate mosquitos, sloppy car washes, extremely hot and cold days and I could continue to fill this page with examples of what I tolerate. I do not want the majority of this country or other groups to tolerate me. I will settle only for being fully accepted for who I am.
To say that you tolerate members of a specific group is difficult for me to grasp. What you are really saying is that you really don’t approve of members of a group, however, you put up with whatever it is that irritates you or you find socially unacceptable.
I have always been of the mindset that I will settle for nothing short of being accepted. Consequently, I have had to verbally spar with some folks who had good intentions but insisted that we need to tolerate a certain group. “We must show tolerance towards one another”. Why not make this a better world and say, “We must demonstrate acceptance so that we can all share the same level of feelings, trust, and respect regardless of who you are”.
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