ESCONDIDO, Calif. - A Marine Corps veteran wants to change your mind.
“With the political climate we’re in right now and everything that’s going on, it felt like a no-brainer,” said Kevin Caulfield, who was deployed to the Middle East during his four-year service with the Marines.
“Honestly, since I was two-years-old, I wanted to be a Marine. I was like one of those kids my entire life I wanted to be a Marine,” he said while sitting at his desk in his Escondido home.
He said his eyes were opened while on deployment.
“I think the biggest thing when I went to the Middle East that I noticed was how similar we are,” said Caulfield.
He and his friends created a public service announcement to help bridge the divide. Caulfield wrote and produced “Indistinguishable”. The PSA shows two women wearing black from head-to-toe walking away from the camera.
The camera pans to show two young white men staring at them. One of the men says, “What is this? Iraq?”
The other man runs up and grabs the head garment off one of them women. The camera reveals that woman is a Catholic nun. The other woman is Muslim, wearing a hijab.
The PSA ends with a quote that says, “We were all humans, until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us, and wealth classified us.”
“As you see the two women in the video,” explained Caulfield, “From the back, they look exactly the same. They’re indistinguishable and I think as humans we all can be indistinguishable in certain ways.”
The Marine veteran said he’s the perfect person to bridge the divide.
“For me to come out and say, ‘Hey guys, this is actually how it is going,’ I think that’s something that I love.”
Caulfield is taking community college courses now but hopes to be accepted into USC’s film school.