Topics: Race and Ethnicity, Discrimination, Racism Pages: 2 (618 words) Published: January 23, 2002
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Have you ever been picked on or made fun of because your nationality is different from someone else's or the color of your skin? If so, then the person who did it was probably a racist person. Racism still exists within all cultures. Some people won't admit they're a racist, but their actions and words prove otherwise. Most people won't directly discriminate other races, but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen everyday. Many will argue that their race is superior over another, or that the actions of a few individuals of a certain race determines how that race of people are, therefore making them unequal. I think all people should be treated equally, no matter who they are or what they look like. The reason why I know racism exists is because I've been called names and have seen it happen to others before. Throughout my high school experiences and being out in the world lets me know that it's out there. I used to think African Americans were the only targets but I've seen and read about other races also. I was reading an article in Vibe magazine a twenty-two year old male was shot 41 times by police for being accused of committing a crime he didn't do. Him and his family were from New Guinea. I've seen the foreign exchange students get picked on at school just for being different than all the other students at my high school. People usually say racism does not exist because they treat everyone the same and no one ever has treated them with prejudice. Also we all have our 1st amendment rights so every person is treated the same no matter their sex, color, or religion. However, there is no rights to govern how one person might perceive another person so every one can think or act on how they treat members of another race. Who's to say that if one group of people believes that they are superior over another group, that they won't display those actions if they confronted by members of that group...
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