Destroying Racism Essay

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Destroying RacismAs the snow covered the house that my grandma occupies, I lookedout the window to the neighbor's front door, their mailbox, and the circulardriveway they had. It was just another home, where kids could build asnowman or throw snowballs on the front lawn. But there where no childrenor snowmen here. And beneath the snow, the word 'N-I-G-G-E-R' waswritten in the grass. A family- a home- where they had bothered no one. Onenight someone decided to take weed killer and burn it in giant letters intotheir lawn. This is why our nation, the melting pot of many races, needs toconfront the problem and deal with what really is in front of us.When I first really thought about this, I thought, this is notMississippi, or Alabama; this is Michigan, and it's in my grandma'sneighborhood. And the thing is, their a normal family, just like any other.They went on trips in the summer, and spring, and this time came back to amessage on the lawn.I sat there that day watching cars go by their house as if it werehaunted or something. I guess it can happen anywhere. But this snow-covered house is still a reflection of America, white on top with a hatredburning underneath. I go to a college, where the races meet every day.Colored man helps white man; white man helps colored man. Doesn't soundright ? That's how bad our society has gotten. Disturbing? Of course. Butwhat is more disturbing is, lately when these issues of racism have come up,there seems to be impatience and annoyance. 'Does everything have to beracism?' people ask. And they're always complaining that 'It's just a littlething.' No, it's not.People are always saying that there is little prejudice. But how is thattrue ? It's like saying you're a little pregnant; can't happen. But this isnothing new. How many times have you heard 'He's fast; for a white guy.'Or 'White men can't jump,' Or 'All black guys can jump and dance.' And inreality these are all hateful things to say. As whites, we are the majority, anddon't always realize it. And whenever there's racist complaints, we say 'OK,we'll change' with a sigh. It's the white's who go crazy to get black athlete'sautographs. They say 'We love you!' yet how many would let them dateyour daughter?Although I say this, I do believe that some progress has been made.But I do think that when you're the majority, you do have to guard againstinsensitivity. But you can't drag it half way up a hill and then abandon it,because it will fall down. I believe that 'we,' as a society, have made aconsiderable effort to decrease racism, but no matter how hard you try getrid of it, there will always be prejudice brewing in the air. And even thoughwe would like to forget about the problem, we can no longer avoid it. Racismis an issue that should to talked about and explained, so that people withlittle understanding to the issue can finally open their eyes.The next...

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