BY HELEN DUAN
There are protests happening all around the United States of America. People are protesting for their equal human rights as minorities. They are demanding equality, justice and empathy. Racism has been a big topic lately and will be for the future. What is racism? What have people done to help stop it? How does racism affect our lives and education? What can we do to prevent it for our future? These are some questions people have been thinking about everyday.
Meaning Of Racism and Anti-Racism
The meaning of racism is about discrimination. Being treated unfairly due to someone’s color of skin is racism. Racism is unfair and can harm many people. Being judged by the way looks is not the way to identify a person. Their actions should speak more than their looks. The meaning of anti-racism is accepting people for who they are and not the way they look. You should not discriminate against people and accept people of all colors.
Athletes from the NBA and WNBA protested against racism by refusing to play. Natasha Clouds and Bradley Beal led a march on the day slavery ended and many sports players are urging people to vote for lawmakers and other leaders who care about social justice. “A tennis player named Naomi Osaka wore seven masks, one for each round of the tournament and each of them had a name of a black victim of violence and racial injustice.” (Brian S. McGrath)
How racism affects our lives
“The way we look or identify ourselves, determines our future”(Jenée Desmond-Harris) “Growing up in a segregated and poor neighborhood can affect your future” (Jenée Desmond-Harris). The way people judge us by the way we look such as our skin color affects the schools we go to, the jobs we get, and the opportunities that we are offered. It also affects the places we live and where people would accept you for the way you may look.
How school is affected by racism
“Smaller portion of black students are attending majority-white schools because there aren’t as many white people as there were 50-40 years ago.”(Alvin Chang). Over the past few years, more black students have been attending to majority-white schools, but there aren’t as many black kids going to school because of segregation starting in the 1980s. "For every student enrolled, the average nonwhite school district receives $2,226 less than a white school district," (Clare Lombardo)The mixed students school has less money because they are different from the “American Dream” “Poor, primarily white school districts get about $19,000 per student — while high-poverty, nonwhite districts get about $8,000, according to EdBuild.” (Clare Lombardo) This is unfair because every school should have the same funding even if they have different types of students. Even now-a-days, schools are segregated which can affect a student’s education. And if a student does not get the same education as others, it might affect their future. “Growing up in a segregated and poor neighborhood can affect your future.” (Alvin Chang)
We need to stop racism. Racism affects our daily life and our future. Some examples on how it affects our future are things such as our jobs and how students get different education because of segregation such as funding. We need to raise our voice and help stop racism like Natasha Clouds and Bradley Bail. Raising our voice, and learning and educating others about racism could help bring awareness. Looking for reliable resources about it and sharing it with others could help too. Making posters, bringing a community together, and more could help prevent less hate crimes. Also, racism isn’t all about Black Lives Matter. It is also about Asian Hate. Everyone must join together to help fight for our equality, justice, and empathy.
What can I do right now?
Would you like to help right now at our school, AP Giannini? There is a program you can join called Jaguars For Justice led by the Beacon Program. We meet up every other Wednesday at 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. We learn about other cultures and talk about ways on how to stop all the hate crimes that have been going on recently. We talk about how we feel about the recent crimes and protest because it is a safe space. If you would like to contribute to helping your community, join us! It’s never too late to join. Our next zoom meeting will be 5/12. Click here to join. If you would like to join our google classroom, the code is zrtmgut. Can’t wait to see you there!
Jenée Desmond-Harris and Estelle Caswell. (Jan 13, 2015) The Myth of Race. Retrieved from: https://www.vox.com/2015/1/13/7536655/race-myth-debunked
Brian S. McGrath. (October 21, 2020) Game Changers. Retrieved from: https://www.timeforkids.com/g56/game-changers-2/
Alvin Chang. (March 5,2018) The data proves that school segregation is getting worse. Retrieved from: https://www.vox.com/2018/3/5/17080218/school-segregation-getting-worse-data
Clare Lombardo. (February 26,2019) Why White School Districts Have So Much More Money. Retrieved from: https://www.npr.org/2019/02/26/696794821/why-white-school-districts-have-so-much-more-money
Eric Deggans. (August 25, 2020) 'Not Racist' Is Not Enough: Putting In The Work To Be Anti-Racist Retrieved from: https://www.npr.org/2020/08/24/905515398/not-racist-is-not-enough-putting-in-the-work-to-be-anti-racist
Dr.Beverly Tatum. (UKN) It's Not So Black and White: Discussing Race and Racism in the Classroom Retrieved from: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/its-not-so-black-and-white/
It’s been a year now, and I feel like I don’t have any friends anymore. We barely talk, and I haven’t seen anyone in person for like, a month! I haven’t seen most of my friends since school closed last year What do I do?
Dear Forsaken Friend,
We’ve all been there! We’re all on the same boat, but we just don’t know it because nobody ever leaves their cabin. Here are some tips to feel less isolated;
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