It is an immense pleasure to be here today in the presence of so many people.

I hope this speech will change your lives forever and I wish that once you departu re from here you will think differently from how you do now. Is it right to say that the world is evolving? The world is evolving but there seems to be a negati ve correlation between this evolution and the way society is thinking; each time the world evolves more, society because of the way you think, is remaining behi nd. Society remains behind for one unique and very serious issue known as RACISM . This needs to stop TODAY and I am here to tell you why. I decided to be part of an experience to change my skin pigmentation. People tol d me that I would only know what it was like to be a black person if I actually was one, in other cases, I would never know. I need to say that I was astonished , terrified, sad and miserable with the fight that exists between the white and the black and yet this was the best experience in my life. I am going to say tod ay, against your will, what no one ever had the courage to tell you. Our society is discriminating the black people for no reason at all. These people are exclu ded from society and are not give the rights to live like every other citizen an d only because of the colour of their skin. It doesn’t matter who they are inside, what qualities they have, their personalities, they are judged over and over ag ain by this extremely superficial characteristic. I had no idea what it was like to be a negro and it was actually true that I was only going to understand how it was like once I experienced it. I was never mis treated to that level before. I wasn’t allowed to have a meal at any ordinary rest aurant, I wasn’t allowed to use any toilet and worst of all, and white people woul dn’t even talk to me properly. Imagine if that were you in their places, would you like to be treated like that? It is exceedingly unfair to treat the negoes as i f they were inferior because in reality we are all human beings and we all came from the same place. I would never be able to live knowing that I made someone’s l ives miserable for no coherent reason at all. Remember; never treat others in a way you don’t want to be treated. If you were in their place like I’ve been you woul d regret this kind of treatment eternally. People say that our eyes are the window to our soul. As a black man, all I could see in the eyes of white people was hate, repugnance, repulsion, disgus t and detestation and I can say today that the hate stare is the worst thing I h ave ever experienced in my whole life. You should be ashamed to put yourselves i n this situation because by doing so you are decreasing as a human being. I was profoundly touched by the way the blacks support each other and above all, by th e goodness of some people. This is what my experience so worthy, now I know that there are still some good souls remaining in this world of discrimination, in t his world where black and white is like a magnet repelling each other. I was giv en the hate stare quite a few times and these is nothing like it present in this world, it is degradation. Just through a look your are undermined as a person a nd hated just because of the colour of your skin. My biggest dream is that this will stop one day. That people will realiz e that skin pigmentation does not affect who you are because inside, we are all the same. The world is evolving and we must evolve with it. One person will not be able to make a difference but everyone together against it will. It is wrong to segregate the negroes and make them suffer, they don’t deserve this ! WE ARE AL L EQUAL and I am the proof of this. I changed my skin tone and continued to be the Griffin that I am today so this just makes a fool of yourselves. People need to start to give importance to what is inside rather than what’s outside. Once th is wall breaks everyone will be free and this is when the world will advance. We need to fight together. “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragicall y bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of p eace and brotherhood can never become a reality.... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word” I will NOT give up. Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, an d that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhoo d will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty. Remember, racial superiority is simply a mere pigment of the imagination !

Thank you .

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