This I Believe

steve - Chino, California
Entered on June 7, 2006
Age Group: Under 18

This I Believe

I believe in the equality of all people. People should not discriminate by the color of one’s skin or ethnicity. We are all humans that think and speak our minds. In these times there is a lot of talk about immigration.

I am a Mexican living in California, I am dark skinned and speak Spanish. This belief of mine was formed when all of a sudden people wanted to kick out any immigrants. You are always taught that we should all be treated the same, but this is not always the case. I was tested when I heard about the new laws that were being considered.

Right now, there is a lot of talk about immigration reforms. A lot of negative acts and controversy. I know what these times feel like. Many times I hear the expressions of “beaner” or “wetback” used as a racial slurs; all you have to do is take the insults and walk away. But this is all due to the hate people carry in their hearts. A lot of my relatives could be affected by any changes done to the immigration laws. Some of them are uncles I have known all my life, others are cousins and aunts. Many of them could be sent back and this would hurt me emotionally. These times are hard for all.

The reforms do not just affect Mexicans. The changes may affect any person from a country that is not legally here. People these days hear about immigrants and automatically think about Mexicans. But it is not like that. There is a lot of support from different cultures, not just Hispanic. On TV I have seen blacks, whites, and people from everywhere marching along with Mexicans. We all need to stick together and see what the results are.

Recently there have been many marches all over the United States to make our pleas be heard at DC. There have been walkouts at school and boycotts at jobs. Many people I know where involved in these. My relatives marched for their rights. We all encouraged them to keep doing this. They know this will have an effect.

It does not matter what color or what you look like as long as we stay together. I believe in equal right for all.