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It is time to stand up against racism

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Artwork by Maddy Mortinson

Artwork by Maddy Mortinson

Racism. It’s something we tolerate even though we shouldn’t. It’s something we don’t need to ignore, yet choose to anyway. Why? Why do we get so used to all this petty criticism when we could do something about it? The reason is simple. We get so wrapped up in what the outside world thinks that we forget who we are and what we believe in.

School can be a place where we ignore racism or stand up against it. What happens when a teacher says something that hits “close to home” or shows/says something disturbingly racist to the class that offends your personal community? What will you do? What if your best friend tells a supposedly funny, but racist joke? What will you do?

There’s only one thing to do, and that’s stand up. Stand up for your beliefs. Stand up for your feelings. And most of all, stand up for yourself because that’s most important.

Next time you hear something racist in our school halls, in your job or even in the streets, stand up because that says a lot more than you can imagine.

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6 Responses to “It is time to stand up against racism”

  1. Shabraya caples on November 28th, 2017 6:09 pm

    I agree we have to stand up for what’s right and not be afraid to speak our mind

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  2. Sombody you don't know on November 28th, 2017 9:14 pm

    I did but then I got yelled at by a teacher slapping him

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  3. Someone on November 30th, 2017 9:25 am

    I agree I don’t think that you should be treated special of different because of the color of you skin it’s very petty

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  4. Eva on January 17th, 2018 8:59 pm

    Gorgeous artwork, Maddy!

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  5. Anon on March 13th, 2018 7:34 pm

    First off, I don’t see a rule against necroposting and there are not a ton of articles on this site so I don’t think this is a problem. I just wanted to address this to answer possible future questions.

    Next, when you say “Why do we get so used to all this petty criticism when we could do something about it?” as you said it’s “petty criticism” Why elevate things that are nothing. (I also just want to point out that by using the word “this” in the context here it equates racism to “petty criticism,” not that I believe this is what you mean by it.)

    Now to the constructive criticism part. Throughout the article, you talk a lot about standing up to racism. However, you don’t provide any ideas or solutions on how one can “stand up” or how to actually solve the problem of racism.

    Keep making articles and I look forward to reading your writing in the future.

    ————-Anon

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  6. Brady C on April 29th, 2018 8:30 pm

    I know that racism and sepritisim are ideologies not work. This reminds me to not take the fight against extemeist belifes to hard, just because you can’t force someone to agree on your values which poses a good thing for an open mind. We should all convince the public of our values and belifes, and if they don’t agree oh well. You can take the people with you who agree with you and start there! The other part is is that you are not to fully judge right or worng on others belifes unfortunately. Just because as much as unreal as they can get they to think that for a some amount of reason. So non racists for example fighting against racists would be the same goal for both sides, and that is to make sure others fallow their thinking. And that is what can cause a long lasting conflict, and that was the simplest of most examples. So if some one ever says something that you don’t agree with, don’t assume that they are instantly worng and you are right, but be open no matter the amount of reasoning in to prevent war, and you don’t have to let others negatively impact you but just stick to what you believe if you feel confident about it.

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