As a boy, Taj Rowland was kidnapped from his home in India, sold to an orphanage, and then adopted by an unsuspecting family in the United States.
Rowland talks about the difficulties he experienced as he grew up in a country he barely knew. He struggled with the language, the food, the culture. However most of all, he struggled with the people. Everyone was different than him–or so he thought. He was the only Indian for miles and knew he was different than those around him. But as time passed, Rowland soon realized that the color of his skin didn’t matter.
“It’s not the color that matter[s]; the problem was me: my lack of understanding. Prejudice isn’t about the color of our skin.”
Rowland goes on to say that prejudice is a result of fear. We fear what we don’t understand. In reality, we are all the same. We are all people trying to create happy families. We are all trying to live our lives the best we can and to become the best we can. One of the most important things we can do is to withhold judgement and to love others, to become friends with others. Only then will fear dissipate and love grow.