Learning About a Different Way of Thinking

Kaelynn Cowan

Aidan Chapin was taking a leisurely walk through Williams Park in Brownsburg. As he was strolling, he overheard a Jamaican man talking to someone on the phone about his culture. Chapin decided to wait until the man was finished talking and asked the man about his culture.

The Jamaican man gladly started to tell Chapin about what life back home in Jamaica was like. The man explained to him that Jamaica was a considerably poorer country than America was. The man explained that it was difficult to get most necessary resources; the man recalled about how most families had to walk to get water. He said in Jamaica, people were more openminded and accepting of each other. The man also expressed how afraid he was when he first came to America because he could tell that America was more hateful. The man also told Chapin that he sometimes wishes he was back in Jamaica.

Chapin recalls from the experience something that the Jamaican man said to him: “Try and always show love, even when you can’t. Because that’s the best you can do.”

This experience really resonates with Chapin because it taught him to be thankful for what he has and to always be kind and show people love, even if he doesn’t like them. Chapin’s thoughts drifted towards the BLM movement. He agrees that no one should have to die for the color of their skin, especially not at the hands of someone with the law. Chapin and the man he talked to both believe that things really need to change in America; that the huge separation between people of color and white people is completely unjust. Chapin wants people to understand that color is not a thing that should affect the way you see someone.

“It shouldn’t separate us as people. It’s the way God made us,” he said.

Chapin wants people to understand that you shouldn’t be ashamed of the things you like and you need to love yourself.   Chapin believes that we should “take all the opportunities and fight for those who want equality.”