You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? We end our holiday heroes blog with one of the most famous bullying victims of all time…poor Rudolph!
Often victims of bullying are targeted for being different in some sense. Some are targeted for their sexual orientation, race, economic status, or in this case a very shiny red nose. Many times targets are led to believe that something is wrong with them and are excluded from groups. Unfortunately many victims will fall prey to low self-esteem and will believe the repeated put downs. These attacks can be both demeaning and isolating for the victim. In the case of Rudolph, all of the other reindeer used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph join in any reindeer games.
It just takes one person to step in and be an upstander for the victim. Rudolph’s big break was when Santa wanted him to guide his sleigh, making him the hero of Christmas. The very thing that he was bullied for was what made him unique and special in the end. What makes this story so impactful is ultimately it’s a tale about inclusion and acceptance that everyone can be impacted by. We all want Rudolph to be accepted and loved!
This holiday season, be appreciative of people who may be different than you and celebrate what connects us all. Please consider donating to No Bully and help children who may have similar stories like Rudolph’s. No Bully is in the business of improving childhood and everyone should feel the confidence to have their own light shine bright.