When first asked to write about freedom, I thought about talking about the slave trade; I could talk about human trafficking and domestic abuse, proving that in this day and age people still wear shackles, even if they are invisible; I could talk about how I feel trapped in my life (if you've seen my previous blog you may understand). But no, not today. Right now there is something more important to talk about: the Freedom Writers.
Hopefully you have heard of them. If not, let me explain: it is a true story, about a teacher in Wilson High School in Long Beach who taught children who were deemed "unteachable" to read and write - more than that, to see right from wrong, to understand how to change their lives. It is a beautiful and touching book, one of my personal favourites.
What is it that inspires us? Is it the fact that it is a true story? In a way, yes: because it shows us that with someone to guide them, teenagers that are claimed to be "bad" can change their ways. Not only that, it enlightens us into a life of gang violence, where colour means everything from good to bad, rich to poor, smart to stupid.
I can't say what it teaches others that have read it, but as a teenager myself, it teaches me that a person can do anything they want to, even if they need a little help. And as I write this, speaking the words that the Freedom Writers wrote, "We pass the baton to you".