Equality For ALL By Aaron Santos

Discrimination and prejudice has created a darkness that have slowly, over time, taken over our world. People all over the world have to deal with the struggles of being an outcast and feeling alone due to being discriminated against. The definition of discrimination is the act of making wrongful and hurtful distinctions between people based on the groups, classes, or other categories. People can be discriminated against because of their race, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation, as well as other categories. This is simply wrong and unfair as these are things that people are unable to control and have their own human rights to be who they are without being told that is wrong. 

Prejudice is disliking  someone or something without actual reason or experience with that particular thing. This is something that affects everyone on a day to day basis. Some people aren’t given the same opportunities as others due to prejudices against them. Many people of color are instantly at a disadvantage when it comes to job interviews as the employers would likely have prejudices against them for being colored. African-Americans, Muslims, and Hispanics are just a few examples of people whose lives are impacted by the prejudice of others. You may not realize it but you may also have your own prejudices against people without realizing it. This is something that, we as people, need to learn not to do as it negatively affects people around us, as we may not treat these people the same way as we would treat another person due to our own biases. This also goes for discrimination as people may say things that they think is a joke, but don’t realize hurts the other person’s feelings.

I have been a victim of discrimination myself. I live in a very diverse area of people from all over the world with different backgrounds. Many people look at me and make the assumption that I am white due to my skin color and don’t know that I am Hispanic. My friends and even my family would tell me how I’m too white to be Hispanic. This actually really would hurt my mental health as I would just think there was something wrong with me. My family may have been saying these things as jokes, but in school I would be bullied for it. I always tried to not let it get to me however I would occasionally break down. I feel alone and don’t have anyone to talk to.  I also feel like with the assumption of me being white, I have been given advantages over my friends who are Hispanic. When I was in 7th grade, my friend and I had gotten in trouble for being disruptive in school. In reality, I was the one being disruptive and he just ended up being around me at the wrong time. When they actually told us what our punishment would be, I got 1 day of lunch detention, but he got a week worth of lunch detention even after I told them that I was the one being disruptive. 

Racial equality is definitely a goal that we need to strive for. To me racial equality can only be achieved when everyone, no matter their race, is given equal opportunities and treated with fairness. Something that holds us back from getting racial equality is when job applications ask for our race. We as people shouldn’t have to specify whether we are White, Black, Muslim, Hispanic. Everyone should be able to apply for jobs without this  influencing the employers decisions. As I said in the opening of this post, these are darkness’s  that have slowly taken over our world. Especially over the last year, there have been so many events that show us where we are as a country as of right now. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” This is how we must move on to make any change in our lives. You can’t solve issues by doing exactly what caused the issues in the first place. Once we realize this, we can truly have Equality for ALL .

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