Negative to positive

Topics: Race and Ethnicity, Black people, African American Pages: 3 (953 words) Published: December 1, 2013
Negative to positive
Being different is something that people in society seem to not understand and I believe it scares them. Society has standards and expects something out of all of us, and when someone or something is different, society tries to push it out. Racism has been something that goes way back, and has caused laws to be made. Unfortunately racism still continues today, even with the laws that were made. My question in particular is why does the color of someone’s skin looked upon so negatively by our society? Even if race is looked upon by our society as negative as it is, people don’t understand that we are all the same and nothing has ever been different but our skin color.

In the 1800’s and 1900’s race was such a huge thing. Black American’s were made out to seem like they were not equal to the white and got treated very harshly, and got the short end of the stick. White folks made it clear that in their minds, they were above the blacks, and deserved better. They got to sit in the front of the bus, have their own restroom, have their own water fountains, and lastly have better schooling and job opportunities. All of these negative things influenced black American’s to have such hatred and distance from one another, but little did they know we are all American’s and had to stand together, not fight one another over something that had happened such a long time ago. But not only do Black American’s get looked down upon by the color of their skin, many other ethnicities do as well and all that does is divide us and push all other races from coming together 2

I being Mexican myself know what it’s like to be called out by the color of my skin or the way I looked. I’ve heard things like beaner, white boy, Asian and many other things that had a negative impact on me. Even with all these names I have been called I always thought to myself why am I being judged? What makes you better than me that you get to call me out by my physical features?...

Cited: Parrilo, Vincent. Strangers to these shoes: Boston: Pearson Copyright. 2011. Print.
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