I've experienced racism, not to the extent that others have, but I have experienced it in the form of sales associates following me around the store, because of the color of my skin to check if I was trying to steal something, passengers on the subway getting up from their seats and moving to the opposite side to sit next to someone with their same skin tone, and little comments here and there such as "you're so pretty or smart, for a black girl". Yes, these instances of racism can put a damper on your mood for the rest of the day, and leave you upset, angry, confused, hurt, or all of the above, simply because you believe that in the year 2017 many individuals have moved passed showing hatred towards different races, but that is not the case and select individuals believe that one race is superior to another race(s). No one wakes up one day and decides to be racist, racism is taught and as long as there are influences, whether it's the media, the government, organizations, people, etc. that encourages racist behavior people will continue to believe that there should be a division in race and continue to perpetuate the idea that one race is superior to other races.
When you hear about racist acts such as the KKK rally in Charlottesville, the ongoing policy brutality, and hate crimes against people of color. In the back of your mind, you think that this could happen to me, or someone you know at any time and any place and we shouldn't have to live in a state of fear, just for being ourselves.
I think it's important to surround yourself with positive, open-minded people who will support your beliefs and understand the struggles that may come with the color of your skin. Call out racist behavior, explain to them that what they believe isn't ideal for our society.
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