It is time to stand up against racism

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.