- Posted August 19, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Everyday racism: Your stories
A Child's Struggle with Racism
Bullying occurs on a daily basis. Taunts are ignited from one’s perceptions on another’s weight, clothes, even race. Typically, those affected the most, are children. During elementary school, when every child looks forward to running outside and yelling along with the other neighborhood children, I saw my cousin retreat indoors. She refused to talk and play with anybody, choosing to hide in solitude for two years. She was bullied, because of her Indian accent and heritage. As we live in a country described as “the melting pot”, no American expects racism to still occur. Unfortunately, people are forced to deal with it every day, from both children and adults. It has become inherent to write off people, categorizing them based off of stereotypes, but when we let these stereotypes and categories affect our relationships, we are not only hurting ourselves, by losing the opportunity to meet and connect with others, but we’re hurting the victims of racism, sometimes scarring and defeating them so badly, that that they hide within their house for two years, barely speaking to their family, let alone friends. Personally, I think it’s time to understand who people truly are, rather than to judge them on face value. Even if it takes an extra five minutes, we could be saving ourselves and others from a lot of damage.