The biggest area of need regarding racism I feel involves different forms of harassment and lynchings that are showcased towards students of different ethnicities, after years of people of color fighting for their freedom, and the right to voice their opinions, hatred is still brewing. It is the children, the new generation, that has to suffer from the actions of those who learned to hate someone all because of the melanin in another’s skin. There has been an extensive history of lynchings and harassment towards children of color, recently noted in 2017 a biracial boy was playing outside and white teens threw rocks and sticks at him as he played. Unfortunately, that isn’t even the worst part. They decided to take a rope and have the little boy put it around his neck, after securing it they pushed the little boy off. Fortunately, after the teens left the boy was able to get loose and luckily survived the horrific ordeal.
Just a year before this incident a young black girl in Texas that was in the sixth grade at the time had a rope tied around her neck, during a school trip three white classmates dragged her body, leaving in its place rope burns and marks going all around her neck. Children are not born to hate others because they are different, no, the past generations have taught and shown them how to treat the minorities and people who are the opposite of what we think they should be. Everywhere you go there is a new excuse of why people of color are treated the way they are, that the children will only grow up to be thugs, lazy, and a worthless burden in society.
The quickest way to solve racism is to educate our students on the values of acceptance and understanding, teach love instead of hatred against one another. Teach them to not judge due to someone’s ethnicity, judge based on how they treat themselves and other people that interact in the environments around them. As Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Prejudice may have been taught inside or outside the homes, depending on who the child is around but, that does not mean you can’t replace that hatred, with something more beautiful and that is love and compassion for one another, no matter what the skin color may be.
In conclusion, regarding racism I feel strongly that action needs to be taken to prevent our younger generations from repeating the same mistakes older generations have. That racial conflicts need to be resolved with love and understanding, that peace and prosperity needs to be spread about within school districts and homes. Racism will not be solved with harsh actions, and cruel words, but patience and decency, something we all should have learned.