I have this friend in my school. (For her protection I’m not going to say her name, but we’ll call her Rachel). Rachel is a very proud Mexican American. And she should be! Mexican and other heritages are VERY important. So why do people tease others on it? As I was pondering this, I remembered a conversation I once had with Rachel. She told me she had experienced racism. Sadly, I was not surprised. She is clearly half Mexican, so it was obvious that she had or will experience racism in her lifetime. As sad as it is to think about that, it’s the truth. it’s not like Rachel is mean or anything at all, in fact she’s a wonderful friend and I love seeing her and talking to her. Today I asked her a question about Spanish because she’s fluent in it (I think, I’ve seen her talk in rapid Spanish but I’m not sure.) and she answered patiently. But (back to the topic) now the facts. When did racism first appear? People began seeing it around the Slavery times. Sadly racism fell onto different definitions as of the 2000s. I mean racism is all over the place (sadly) and I’ve seen it put on Rachel. Needless to say I lost my temper. I hate a lot of bad things. But one of the things I hate most is to see someone put down my friends. It makes my blood boil.
A really good quote by Larry Holmes says what I’ve been wondering. He says that “I didn’t fight this fight for the blacks, the whites, or the Spanish. I fought the fight for the people. We’re all G-d’s children. I don’t see color…” (that’s not all of the quote. I’m sorry if anything in this blog accidentally offends anyone.) My question is why can we see other human being as a species, not a color, religion, and so much more.
I’m sick of seeing hate. I’m sick of seeing fear. And I’m sick of seeing RACISM! The only way we’re going to stamp this out is if we work together. So the people that are racist, get your brains off the ground and turn your heart back from stone and help us!
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