I think that at some point in our lives, we have all experienced a degree of racism, whether we were the victim, the racist, or a bystander. In schools, as children, we've read that racism is wrong. We've been taught about how it tears families apart, how it insinuates deep spikes of pain, how it causes a great divide between people, simply by the spectrum of their pigmentation of their skin.
Yet, if racism is incredibly wrong, why does it still exist when we walk past those school doors...after we've been taught of how vile and unhumane it is? Why does it continue to breathe and live? Why has it grown continously over the years?
The answer is quite simple actually.
Racism continues to be an issue because it has never been truly dealt with, from the very root of the problem to the brink of it. We always brush it off as "oh they're probably having a bad day and saying that kind of stuff", "oh they don't mean it", "it's not like they'll do anything", "just ignore them".
Just ignore them. Ignore them so that they go home and learn that no one corrected their negative behavior. No one told them that it isn't okay to bully someone simply because they don't share the same features, the same skin color, the same beliefs. No one told them that hey, it isn't okay to shame someone because deep down we're all the same. Aren't they human too? Don't they have ears, eyes, nose, lips, a heart? Like you do?
At SFSU, the range of diversity is extensive. There are so many different people falling all across the skin color spectrum. And it isn't just SFSU. It's the entire world that's so diverse. Yet each and every one of these people are so unique. They're worth being listened to. Shutting them down because you don't like their race can result in them doing the exact same thing to you.
This creates a bubbling pot of anger, ready to spill over and cause havoc everywhere.
Please, the next time you feel the urge to hate someone, ask yourself: what's my real reason for hating them? Why be a negative person when you can place an effort to change the world in a better light?
Mogul has a petition to end the KKK and extreme groups, who have been the source of such a great divide. I've attached a link for the petition. Please spread the word. So many people are being injured, killed, their lives absolutely ruined...all because of their pigmentation. Why don't we use someone's true character as a source of judgment? And not their skin color? Think about it.
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