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Racism and Discrimination

January 13, 2011
By Tanner F BRONZE, Aurora, Colorado
Tanner F BRONZE, Aurora, Colorado
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Racism and Discrimination Affects Everyone

A kid, crying and sniffling, has had a rough day. Why is this you ask. Well this boy is crying because he is a victim of racism and discrimination. Racism and discrimination affect a large group of people each and every day. It may be a joke amongst you and your friends. But the truth is racism and discrimination is no joke at all.

To start, I have witnessed racism and discrimination first hand. My childhood friend was teased on a daily basis. He was constantly teased for his race and the choice of friends he hung out with. This caused big problems which I shall get to in a little. I have also seen it in early childhood sports. I used to play football when I was younger and let me tell you we had one game that just got out of control. My friend made and excellent tackle against the opposing team. So this kid got up and tackled my friend to the ground where he then called him the "N" word and started throwing punches at my teammate. I mean it does affect everyone. After this incident happened in the football game my friend didn't want to play in that game anymore and he was down.

But back to my child hood friend he was constantly put down as well as my cousins. They were always being put down and made fun of. This hurt me alone just to know that someone could be so heartless and do this for their entertainment. These people made it a battle to get my friend to go to school. I mean you sure do sound like a swell person, especially when you terrorize people's lives and in some cases cause them to kill themselves.

Every year per every population of 100,000 people 1,369.2 black males and 895.6 white males commit suicide due to racism and discrimination. In Aurora, Colorado 397.6 black males committed suicide while 177.7 white males died by the hand of racism. Due to discrimination amongst certain groups of people 1,572 people commit suicide every single year.

Getting discriminated for who you are is no pretty walk in the park. 20% of every 100,000,000 million people are affected by racism. How would you feel if that was you? Getting discriminated against every day for you being you? Many families are affected by racism every single year. 20% That's more then you can understand. That's 2,000,000 people every year. Racism is like getting accused of a crime, it is unfair especially when you have done nothing wrong.

You discriminators have caused people to die. You have caused death and now you have blood on your hands and you always will. How would you feel if it was one of your family members who were getting discriminated against? How would you feel and they committed suicide all due to a group of people made fun of them daily.

It is simply barbaric for us to pull of stunts like this and cause death, to do a stunt like this and think it's ok. It's not and it never will be.

As for you discriminators, You caused pain. You caused death, and You caused war amongst families.

Racism happens daily and affects so many people. How can you live with yourself for causing someone so much trouble? How can you live a normal life and think everything's fine? Racism is causing death and too much pain it must be stopped once and for all. After all as said by Gandhi, "Be the change in the world YOU want to see."

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Selinaheyy said...
on Sep. 30 2017 at 4:17 pm
This person is so inspirational and Idk how ur friend could have dealt with it love u

SomeoneNew said...
on Aug. 20 2016 at 12:32 am
Ever watched the documentary " A Class Divided " ? pretty good..

on Jul. 9 2016 at 2:20 pm
Writeluvlife BRONZE, Claremore, Oklahoma
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I loved this, and totally agree with all of your points. I don't see why we, as humans feel the need to be racist and discriminate people all the time. I can't wait to see more of your posts:)

on May. 24 2016 at 4:00 am
violinxpianist BRONZE, Christchurch, Other
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I agree with what you're saying but there a few minor spelling mistakes you need to fix up.

on Apr. 21 2016 at 11:10 am
of course nobody ever mentions arabs and muslims even though they are also discriminated

ang3lica said...
on Apr. 12 2016 at 9:38 am
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People shouldn't judge people by their skin color, it just isn't right. Why can't people just get along? What did they do to you? Nothing, people are just bullying them because they aren't white. White isn't the perfect race, no race is.

Anonymous said...
on Apr. 5 2016 at 3:34 pm
Racism and discrimination are the same thing

jazzy1 said...
on Mar. 17 2016 at 11:09 am
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this is all true because look at how many people are bullied because of their race or their skin color its unfair

on Feb. 10 2016 at 11:52 am
I apologize, but your math is off. I find this majorly invalidates your claims; 20% of 100,000,000 is NOT 2,000,000; it is 20,000,000.

on Jan. 15 2016 at 1:49 pm
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I totally agree

33ek98302xz said...
on May. 4 2015 at 8:53 am
"Free Speech" seems to be the excuse for saying anything these days. Firstly, racism is not false, it is an omnipresent issue that can never be abolished, it will only change its form, but together we can lower the amount of racism. Discriminating someone is not "Free Speech" that is bullying, harassment, and overall just being an ignorant person. Discriminating against, Muslim, black, Asian, and other ethnicities is hardly free speech. You can get arrested for talking ill of the Jewish people, it is called anti-Semitism. But, so far, no laws in most countries prevent the harassment of any other race or culture. Together, we can change this through the power of campaigns and other peaceful ways of getting the government to listen. Secondly, how is this denying "Free Speech", it is not denying other peoples opinions or expressions. The article doesn't restrict or deny people speaking out, in fact it encourages people to speak out against racism. And how does this article offend you, exactly, I would like to know. Learn your facts before posting a broad statement online.

soup boy said...
on Apr. 23 2015 at 8:58 pm
this is all false and offensive to say. how could you deny free speach

Stormfly27 said...
on Apr. 19 2015 at 7:27 pm
diversity is the best thing we need to do to stop this disaster and we need to do it now. teach the young and new generations about diversity now and racism will be in the past

YaMadDumbKid said...
on Dec. 15 2014 at 9:51 am
It can't be stopped its like a virus, and a virus that can't be cured, like HIV. Racial Discrimination is increasing not decreasing at the moment.

Anonymous said...
on Sep. 15 2013 at 7:33 pm
I think that RACISM should be stopped. It affects a lot of people and most teens end up killing themselves because of it. We have to watch what we say because it can affect a lot of people.

November said...
on Nov. 23 2012 at 2:47 pm
I dont know if racism can ever be stopped. We have to teach the new generation to believe in diversity.

Ganji said...
on Aug. 27 2012 at 11:14 pm
How do we track racism / descrimination and whom should we report. 

Ganji said...
on Aug. 27 2012 at 11:10 pm
Is there way to end racism and reduce suicidal rates