my boyfriend’s little sister just came up to me and asked, “what are the disadvantages of being black?” confused, i looked at her and asked what exactly was she asking for? she tells me that she has a packet from her school involving a project that asks to list the advantages and disadvantages of being black, white, asian, hispanic, etc., male and female. aarom and i both were relatively appalled by this pamphlet she showed us. i think that schools should not be allowed to ask the students this, or put the idea in their head’s that being one thing is better than another because we’re all just HUMAN. not one person is “better” or “worse” than another due to any physical means. we can only be better than ourselves by pushing ourselves to be better. it is unacceptable to have schools pushing this idea of any personal hierarchy into children’s heads, into our heads. we are all human beings, sharing and inhabiting a planet that gives more than it takes, and we need to learn to do the same. we are humans and we all share emotions, thoughts, feelings, problems, etc. why should the way we look affect the way we are treated. it’s disgusting of me to say, but i am privileged to have been born a decent looking white female- or so society thinks. i feel this is a curse. so many hate my “type” without knowing me personally, and this saddens me. racism is such a long embedded facet of humanity that i absolutely cannot ignore. we all need to change our ways and start seeing each other as people, not fat, ugly, tall, short, black, mexican, female, male, so on and so forth.
anyways, i am done with my rantings. but i’d really love to hear back from some of you on what you think about the subject.