Yesterday in several Mexican cities, the so-called Pro-Family Demonstration was carried out by what it is said to be thousands of people, all aligned to different conservative groups. The main self-proclaimed goal of this demonstration was to show support for the traditional model of what a family is supposed to be like: Mother, Father, and children. These groups are openly against the Executive’s law proposal to reform the Constitution to allow for marriage to be between two people, instead of, as it has been until now, between a man and a woman. This demonstration of intolerance and discrimination against other ways of life is slowly having less support from Mexican society as a whole, and particularly, among the younger generation.
As this demonstration was taking place, I had to grade 78 partial exams. Yes, se-ven-ty-eigh-ttt. For the Critical Thinking section of this exam, my students were required to write an essay about the Orlando Shooting, and while not all of them will be happy with the grade they earned, I was pleased with every single one of them. This is surely a small sample, and certainly not representative of Mexican Youth, but I felt proud of them and hopeful for human kind as I was reading kind words of respect and tolerance when talking about gender identity and interculturality.
What pleased me the most were the few who very assuringly stated that they did not agree with homosexuality. To be tolerant in the face of something we embrace is not that hard, so to speak with respect about something that is in conflict with your own set of values has a special worth to me. Even those who wrote that homosexuality was against their religious beliefs, all were respectful and embraced the right of people to express their gender identity as they seemed fit.
While outside there were people spreading words of discrimination, either out of ignorance or out of hatred, my young grasshoppers were making me proud. It is not a secret that I dislike grading, but this time, as hard as it was to get it done through the weekend on top of the other stuff, it was worth it. Thank you young ones for giving us hope in the future.
And now, back to more grading…