Racism and People of Color

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Racism in this country is terrible, in many ways. I’m constantly hearing of police shootings and unjustified killings of people of color, and even verbal slurs people intentionally don’t bring up. But we have to think. We have to think about how our “great” country got here. First up, police brutality. Before Trayvon Martin’s unexpected killing in 2012, I would have never thought that a police officer could be unsafe to me, in fact I thought they were the some of the best people that we could ever trust. Sadly my nine year old self had to learn early, I had to learn that sometimes you couldn’t even trust the authority. I was committed after this, I remember wanting social studies for every hour of the day. The declaration of independence is something I really loved reading, I loved the fact that after 1776 all men were created equal and that it didn’t matter if I were going to school with someone of a different ethnicity or not. It mattered that people of color weren 't treated like outcasts anymore, that for the first time there was no difference between a black man and a white man. So we have to think to ourselves, why is racism still here? Wasn’t equality amongst our people something everyone knew? Why do problems like this only increase and get worse?

I remember being in elementary school, in a classroom, and myself being the only colored face I saw in the room. I felt uncomfortable. Out of place. I couldn’t shake the theory that everyone else in the
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