This week, your father shared a big, fat ‘stop it I don’t like it’ on Instagram to anyone who thinks it’s okay to bully someone for being even a little bit different.
It received attention all over Australia, with thousands of people expressing their unwavering support – all for you.
But I know that doesn’t mean much to you at the moment. Because today, all that matters is there are people at school who, for a reason you don’t understand, have an issue with the colour of your hair.
This is my son Archie. He is 10. And I wouldn’t normally share something like this, but I HAVE to..I can’t hold this in anymore. He is the most beautiful boy you could ever meet. He cares about everyone,… genuinely…. with every bit of his heart. I have tried to teach him the importance of treating others the way you want to be treated, it’s a simple idea, and I could never have expected him to care so much about those words. If you fall, he will pick you up..if you’re sad, he will try to make you smile..if you cry, he will hold your hand. And as I write this, I cry. You can see my beautiful boy has red hair…. beautiful red hair….He didn’t choose his hair…. he can’t change his hair….and he should not have too. The first time he told me he was being bullied because of his hair I encouraged him to ‘be strong buddy, you’re amazing’ ,and they are just going for the ‘easy target’….But when he comes to me and says he’s being called a ‘fucking ranga’ TARGETED for something he cannot change, I am broken…completely broken. He is brave and strong and a far better person than most, and he tells me ‘ don’t worry Dad, I’m fine’ . But I’m not ..not at all….I’m sick of the hypocrisy & intolerance. I. AM.DONE. To ALL who think it’s ‘funny’ to discriminate and bully someone for something they CANNOT change….you are no better than a racist or a homophobe. You throw it out there in an attempt to seem witty or clever, you are NOT. You are as shallow and ignorant and PATHETIC as all the other narrow-minded bigots that inhabit our beautiful planet. So take a really long hard look at yourself..because if you perpetuate victimisation in your house, or your workplace or on a stage or the radio or television….YOU are the problem…YOU! The boys that are picking on my son, weren’t born to be so mean, they have learnt from you. And to all the gangly kids, the kids with big ears, the ones born in different countries, or with different coloured skin, a different way of speaking, or different ANYTHING that you can’t change..I am here for you..100 percent. I will fight for you, just as I will fight for Archie….because ALL of this has to end. #stop #bullying
Which is weird, right? Because for as long as you can remember, adults have always told you how beautiful your red hair is. How people would spend a fortune to get your exact shade.
Right now you might be feeling a bit alone. Like a sore thumb that’s sticking out for all the wrong reasons.
The stats don’t lie, Archie. It’s true that you are very unique. Only one or two percent of the world’s population fall somewhere on the red haired colour spectrum.
Now, one or two percent might not seem like a lot, but in reality that puts people like you and I in a group of around 140 million people — all of whom identify as, or have been called, a ‘Ranga’.
Yep, I said it. The ‘R’ word.
I know people have been calling you that lately. And it’s upsetting to your Dad, your family, even people you’ve never met.