Many people do not know that the third Thursday of October is Spirit Day. Many people who do know about Spirit Day, don’t understand the reason we have it. Spirit Day began in Canada in response to bullying-related suicides of gay students. Brittany McMillan was one of the teen activists who came up with the idea as a way to support LGBT students in her school.
The commemoration spread across Canada, then to the United States, and eventually to other nations, as well. Today, LGBT youth and their allies wear a purple article of clothing as a way to show solidarity against bullying and oppression. The day also honors LGBT victims of bullying related suicide.
In our hearts, everyone aches for liberty, opportunity, and justice. We all want to be treated with dignity and respect, this is true, all across the spectrum of humanity. Nobody deserves the hatred that fuels corruption, cruelty, and oppression–the fuel behind bullying.
While Spirit Day is focused primarily towards the LGBT community, it is not limited to that one culture. There are psychological limits to the amount of disappointment, oppression, and oppression any individual can handle. The line between wanting to live and wanting to die grows weaker under constant bullying. So we can include victims of bullies regardless of their identification, be they gender, race, ethnicity, country of origin, religious, non-religious, or age.
Much has been said about bullies and why they behave so negatively towards people who don’t belong to their social group. We understand that bullies are insecure about who they are, their own sexuality, their low self-confidence, and so forth. They focus their lack into harming others. That said, this knowledge is little comfort to a person who is under siege by a bully or a pack of bullies. Young people are especially vulnerable to this type of abuse.
Bullying related suicide is no small matter in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the average annual figure is around 4,000 bullying related suicides.
Bullying is a heartless, cruel form of behavior and it’s never the right thing to do. Nobody deserves to be oppressed and bullied. This needs to be made clear at every level of society. Hence, we have Spirit Day. Observing this commemoration in a meaningful way shows that we stand up against all forms of bullying. The targets of bullies and their allies can show their true friendship and courage by openly celebrating Spirit Day.
All children and adults deserve to live lives free from harassment and bullying. Today is the day to dedicate ourselves to this ideal.
Have a meaningful Spirit Day.