Remember that day when a certain man stood on the steps of Lincoln Memorial fighting for the rights of men and women alike? Well here he is today standing in front of you in the year 2012. I had a dream that all men would respect each other when it came to equality! That dream is still intact as I stand in front of you. No racist slur or phrase is going to make me change my dream. Though our racist friends are scarce compared to the days of slavery, we still face the after effects of it. The “it” I am referring to is racism.
Racism nowadays is used as a form of humor. I have overheard young children calling other kids of their ages certain names. An example would be when one white kid called another black kid Kunta Kinte. I do not know if all of you know who Kunta Kinte was but he was a young man who was sold to a slave owner. Kunta Kinte went as far as getting half his right foot cut of just to keep a hold of his real name. The reason why I brought up Kunta Kinte is due to the fact that he is a black man that was treated badly by white men. Kids should not be using his name as a joke. Rather, they should learn from what has happened to him.
Let me throw out some facts that might strike you interesting. Did you know that white men with a criminal record are more likely to be called back for a job interview than black men with no record, even when their education and experience are the same? Did you know that students of color are far less likely to be put in honors courses even after you take test scores and grades into account? Did you know that students of color are more than twice as likely to be suspended or expelled from school even though they are not much more likely to break school rules than whites? This goes to show how racism is still in play nowadays.
Blacks aren’t the only ones who are affected by racism though. Asians are also affected by racism. Though Asian racism is not as bad compared to blacks, they too were persecuted in the past. Many were not even allowed to enter the United States. This led to many problems. These problems are still written on the hearts of Asians and foreigners alike.
I would like to end this conversation as you might like to call it by pointing out that we face racism every single day of our life. Though it might not be as severe as it was in the past, we are still being separated from each other very slowly. That is why I must ask all of you to not engage in racist conversations and putting people down in general. It will only lead to harm and in most cases, defeat.