Friday, November 3, 2017

Racism


BY ALEXANDRA GILLESPIE

We all know what racism is. In case you didn’t, Oxforddictionaries definition of racism is "prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior." We see racism everywhere we go. Racism can be shown in a way by smart remarks and unnecessary words towards a different race to bring them down. Racism can be with all races, but we mostly see it with blacks and whites. If you hear about a criminal, for example, most would automatically think it’s a black person. But not all whites are racist. But we assume they all are. I personally can walk through the hallway and hear racist comments. I don’t understand the concept of wanting to say hurtful things to someone or snicker behind their back just because of the color of their skin. 
I interviewed a few people from Westside about their point of view on racism. A teacher at Westside said, “Racism is blown out of proportion.” She also said, “ We are all created by God; color should never be a factor for anyone.”  I asked a few students about how they feel about the situation. A tenth grader said, “It doesn’t matter about what color you are. God still loves and cares for you even if no one else does.” (John 3:16).  I asked another tenth grader, and he said, “I feel that racism is tearing down this world with racist, derogatory words. I strongly feel like those words are so hurtful that there’s hate and crime towards the person who says it.“ One racist person can cause others to have hate and mean thoughts towards that race regardless of whether it's white, black, hispanic, etc. 
These are just a few different points of view about racism. We all see it, but it’s often looked over. We do see it and we do hear it, but we act like we don’t. Racism only puts people down, and it needs to STOP! Make the world a better place and quit trying to tear it down. One day I WILL make an impact on the world and change it.

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