Skin Color Is Only a Detail

Kelsey - Milliken, Colorado
Entered on April 22, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: race
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Skin Color Is Only a Detail

Have you ever felt put down and made fun of? You might want to start considering the other people that feel put down by their race or color. They probably feel ashamed and wish they weren’t alive, but if we change we can do something about it. If you are treating someone poorly because of their race or color, you need to stop and consider how you would feel if someone was doing that to you. I BELIEVE that NIETHER COLOR NOR RACE MATTER.

I have lots of friends that are a different race than me, but I don’t mind and I could careless because they’re just another person. I treat them all the same, because color is just a little detail that sets on your body. Most of my friends are Hispanic or Mexican, but I don’t care about there race.

A few weeks ago my brother had come home after school and had told us; my family that he had character Ed and they were talking about why people don’t have jobs. The teacher had asked, “Why do some people not have jobs?” One of the students had replied,” because we are Mexicans and we are poor.” Within what my brother had told us, we had a discussion that everyone can get a job if they try hard enough and we also talked that color or race can’t make a reflection in life, because if you act positive about it and you shouldn’t treat others that way.

When I think about race and color I think of Ruby Bridges, Martin Luther King Jr., and Abraham Lincoln. I think about Ruby Bridges because she was brave enough to go to an all white school and she didn’t care about being called all different names. She had sacrificed her dignity and wasn’t ashamed of the color of her skin. Bridges came up with a few quotes and one of them is,” racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it.”

Martin Luther King Jr. comes into mind because he had a dream that there would be equality no matter what color of skin. He deeply believed in his religion very passionately and risked his life for what he new was right, which soon cost him his life. He is also known as, “human rights icon”. At one of the churches Martin Luther was a pastor at, he told them about his beliefs and his messages to the people.

Abraham Lincoln, I think plays an important role. While being the 16th president, he also fought against slavery. Lincoln thought that the color didn’t matter and that no human being should be treated with that disrespect. Lincoln was known as president for his speeches, but to me most importantly for his acts in the fight to end slavery.

Within my life I have seen a few people that have been picked on because of their race and color, but if I would be able to go around the world to see all the people that are ashamed because of this cause, I would try my hardest to stop the disrespect over race and color because everyone is equal. NIETHER COLOR NOR RACE MATTER.