At The End Of the Rainbow
“What age is a black boy when he learns he’s scary?”
Racism was born from the ideology of power from the beginning of American History. Due to this, it implements this controversy topic of racism to still be a problem in society today. As a result, in the months of March and February of 2016, there were many mournful days for many family members “with more than 100 people killed by police each month” (2016). Moreover, young black teens in high school are also being targeted with police brutality and racial associations. In fact most teens in high school are illiberal about why there are these oppressed attacks on black teens, and are more likely to internalize their voices about this topic towards their same racial group.
Mankind in 1969 outreached all expectations of any scientist of seeing the earth in a quiet but deadly cosmic space. We have, as a society, overcome and achieved historic moments in America such as the American Revolution, and the Civil War. Yet we have still not developed the rights for the minor things, for example, if a woman can be equal to a man, the equality of the LGBTQ, and if or when will racism be overcomed. No country on planet earth is substantial but we can change.
In order for students to understand why their are BlackLivesMatter and why society has an injustice system in criminal and racist institutions. It’s important for the history about African Americans to be taught to students and not be sugar coated by lies about American History. Hence young millennials “. . . think of racism as Bull Connor or the Klu Klux Klan” (Americans) as described by Mcelwee a researcher associate at Demos. Throughout generations, our school system has failed to lay out American history in truth. Many high school students are learning about American history presented off lies about its “foundations” (supremacy).
Not only are white students learning about the great African-American leader Martin Luther King’s speech about his dreams for his people in 1960s. But colored students are also learning about this speech, while being taught that King’s speech was going to rest the African American struggle based on his dreams.
Since American History textbooks don’t contain how America was created from “invasion, conquest, land theft, genocide, and slavery; (supremacy)”. Today, high school students are given a single story of American history established from the Declaration of Independence: “a nation based on freedom, justice and equality for all its people” (supremacy).
With some false truths about American history, Ray Raphael, who is known for his works in American history, made a key point about how “Discussion of white conquest appear earlier and later in these texts, but not at the critical point of our nation’s founding, when it is most relevant but also most embarrassing” (Truths). If students are being taught false information then how will students understand why Black Lives Matter, or why their are so many deaths of black teenagers.
Therefore under these circumstances, students should learn about African American history and how we are unaware of oppressed history. Another great example of this is how columbus day affected the Native Lands. With this intention, students have to learn in their early ages that the color of their skin matters and therefore can be judged.
KJ Dell’Antonia, a mother of two and a writer/editor, makes a great point conveying an example that “If we’re not talking with our children about how race affects a person’s life in the United States and how racism factors into that, we’re not convincing children that skin color doesn’t matter.
Were telling them to figure it out themselves” (Kids). Soon at the present time, high school students are more likely to lean towards the same ethnic group of friends than reach out to other races. Likewise white people are more likely to internalize their conversations about racism. I had my own experience from a white male peer who said “ I want to talk about these issues, but I don’t know who or where to talk about it with” and as my peers and I sat around facing each other I was stuck thinking about his statement.
Although it may be true that talking about race is more “hush-hush” and a topic that tenses up a conversation additionally it must be a topic that is an open space for all color, gender and people from various ages. White people should know that although racism is an uncomfortable topic, it should always end up as a way to prevent more racism from happening.
White teens aren’t acknowledged about programs and organizations that thrive to have a community filled with kids who may lead the new generation. All students should have the right of free speech about this topic, but we also have the right to challenge their thoughts. Most white teens in high school may be uncomfortable talking about this issue and may argue that “it’s not important” or “everyone’s racist” but it is very important to talk about this topic.
If we challenge white teens to come out of their internalized racial group then, they might have a more open and understanding of what it means to be white in a society of racial segregation. White teens tend to avoid the topic of racism because some believe that “Race is for people of color to think about — it happenes to “them”- they can bring it up if it is an issue for them.” (Racism). I believe that white teens should move out of their racial groups to open conversations with minority’s of different ages, color, and gender in order to understand this highly controversial topic.
I would like for students to learn more about the African American history to better understand why we have such an injustice system, and bias police brutality. As a student and a minority I would like for my peers to see the truth in American history and become more acknowledged about racism history.
As the 21st generation students should be able to talk about racism in a free space where there is no physical abuse nor foul language. Students should come out from their internalized group and explore other opinions from minority’s and start seeing how racism plays on their schools from the little things, such as clothes and speech.
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