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The Racism We Face In Society

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The Racism We Face In Society

Unfortunately, racism is something that not only still exists, but that is recognized daily. Sophie Hall photo illustration.

Unfortunately, racism is something that not only still exists, but that is recognized daily. Sophie Hall photo illustration.

Unfortunately, racism is something that not only still exists, but that is recognized daily. Sophie Hall photo illustration.

Unfortunately, racism is something that not only still exists, but that is recognized daily. Sophie Hall photo illustration.

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Everyone has witnessed or experienced racism in his or her life, in some form. Comments people say can be unkind and hurtful, even if they don’t think so when they’re saying them. I have experienced racism as many others have, even members of my family. Racism has been here for ages, throughout the generations. Any time you are judged because of your race, gender, or culture, you have experienced racism.

 

As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end, the day we become silent about things that matter.” Why are we scared to speak up about race? I think the reason why we’re scared to speak about race is because people take it as a joke nowadays and would rather keep quiet and not talk about it because the discussion causes conflict. But this happens to everyone around the world and we shouldn’t keep silent any more or brush off the problem. If we stay in silence, we’re basically saying it’s okay to disrespect someone based on race. We need to understand no one can choose where he or she was born — no one can choose color, or culture.

 

I remember in the 5th grade when my family and I were going to a store and people kept staring and whispering and talking about us because my parents are a biracial couple. Where we went, they didn’t like that. That’s the first time I ever felt the sting of racism and realized that the world can be a harsh place for everyone. Now, I have to be strong and face the reality that not everything is always alright.

 

About 64 percent of Americans have faced racism throughout the years, according to polls. Why is this a big deal? It’s a big deal because people of all ages also suffer from suicide and low self-esteem or may seek to harm to themselves. It’s a big deal because this is another label they have to wear, another reason to think badly about themselves.

 

Only we can change the future. Instead of opening our mouths and spreading hatred, try words of love. Instead of violence, try peace. Instead of hurting others, try caring for one another. Then, rather than being silent, let’s use our voices to stick together, pointing out how we’re the same rather different and how we can work together to make the world a better place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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