Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:14:44 AM
We have an awareness month for breast cancer, black history, and all sorts of other things. This world needs a Racism Awareness Month. So many people are affected by racist acts and/or comments and any steps to lessen these occurrences, or better yet, wipe them out altogether would make the world a better place for all.
Racism is defined as a prejudice directed against someone of a different race. I personally find racism disgusting; judging someone based upon the color of their skin is stereotyping. Think of all the stereotypes out there. Blondes are dumb. People with glasses are nerds. Those who wear the color black regularly are gothic. The list goes on and on and on. How many of these stereotypes are actually true? Very few. So, what makes it okay to stereotype an entire race of people?
This is a worldwide issue. It does not happen in a few select cities across the globe; it happens everywhere. Even a harmless jab can hurt more than you would realize. Everyone has something that makes them a distinct individual. Differences are what make us who we are. If you wouldn’t point out that somebody has a big nose, why would you point out that they are a different race? Furthermore, the color of your skin in no way shapes your character, personality, or intelligence. Asians are no smarter than any of the rest of us. Hispanics are not lazy. All Caucasians are not rich and preppy. African Americans don’t only eat fried chicken. Race should not define who you are, what you do, or where you go in life.
This new awareness month can be spread by any means necessary. Social networking sites, advertisement, word of mouth, and just about any other way possible. It must make an impact across the world for it to truly make a difference. If it only catches on in North America, that’s no good, because there will still be racism in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and Australia.
Racism is something we all have witnessed in our lifetimes and it must be stopped. All humans are created equal and we need to start acting like it. The goal of Racism Awareness Month will be to wipe out all traces of racism once and for all.