My Culture, My Power

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Essay title: My Culture, My Power
Name: Mary Mel Balacuit Baynosa
Address: Purok 1, Manga, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte
Phone number: 09165153786
E-mail: mellyagassi@gmail.com
Nationality: Filipino
Age: 15 years old
Gender: Female
School Name: Lanao del Norte National Comprehensive High School
Word count: 631

My Culture, My Power
One summer I was bored to death for I was left with nothing to do until my little cousin pointed out a CD from above my study table. It was an animated movie titled Fantasia. We haven’t watched it so we ended up putting it in the DVD player and our eyes were glued to the television. As the story progressed, it became more and more interesting. But, there’s this part wherein a black creature serves the white creature. Then, a thought came flashing right into my mind. Racism? I remembered our past lesson in history. There’s this term called “The White Man’s Burden” and as what I have remembered, it means that it is the responsibility of white people to govern and impart their culture to nonwhite people. “Why?” I asked. Imagining the hardships that our nonwhite fellow inhabitants in this planet encountered during the colonization and imperialism era is so heartbreaking; not to mention nerve-wracking. Although black and white are different, still, they are both colors! People may have different shades but we live in this same old planet called Earth which was created by one creator—God. From my point of view, I think racism is the short term of discriminating one’s culture and beliefs.
I thought racial discrimination has ended together with the conclusion of imperialism and colonization; however, it is still observable up until now. Racism has evolved. Before, numerous white-skinned people only discriminate those black-skinned ones. Now, even the ‘whites’ compare themselves to other whites and the ‘blacks’ compare themselves to other blacks regarding or disregarding their culture. Even those with the same culture

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