I think we’ve all heard the “racism is dead, so get over it” argument, so I would like to show you instances of racism in our modern America. Specifically from college-aged students. The sad part about these examples is that all of the instances I am about to show you were of people from my generation being racially insensitive. My generation. My peers. Yea, it at first it surprised me too.
To everyone who wants to know why people like me don’t like people using the N-word, THIS is why. Because there are people who use it to hurt other people.
Recently, I had a member of the Wake Forest custodial staff tell me that a white male had drawn black face on a board with the intentions that the custodian would see it and when she did see it, she began to cry. A group of students (also white males) noticed this and went to teach their friend a lesson. Instead of beating him up, they made him apologize to her. She told me that she didn’t report it because she didn’t need to and she didn’t want to create a mess. He apologized, even though he wouldn’t have if his friends hand not made him.
Please, remember, for every racist, there are hundreds if not thousands of people who disagree with them. It’s not every White person, it’s not everyone that’s different than us. It’s not even most of them, it’s just some.
If you have any personal experiences with racism, whether you’re black, white, yellow, orange, or green, let me know in the comments. The first step to creating change is starting a discussion so let’s talk.