Racism is alive and well

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Submitted: November 24, 2018

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You'd think humans grow smarter and learn from their past but that is very much a lie. Just like when it comes to gendre equality, we've done a lot but we've a long way to go. There are millions of people in Western countries, especially the US, that discriminate people based on their color, religion or ethnicity.

In August 2017, there was a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, meaning to unite the white supremacist right wing groups. It lead to a person driving a car into the crowd and injuring several people while one individual died. I've seen these white supremacist rallies in Europe too, and they sometimes end up causing issues between groups of people. It happens everywhere and that should stop.

In my opinion, rallies are a good way of bringing out your opinion and influencing the politics. I've taken part in several rallies and they are an excellent way of making your voice heard. But maybe rallies in general, could be restricted. They shouldn't discriminate against any certain group because let's face it, racism is usually caused by lack of knowledge. Politicians are okay to be critisized. Political parties and actions are okay to be critisized but regular people? Why?

I went to see the movie Blackkklansman a month or so ago with my friend, for three reasons. The trailer looked interesting and I wanted to go and see it. My English teacher said she saw it and was impressed. And obviously, because I'm Finnish, I had to go see Jasper Pääkkönen in a Hollywood movie because that is very rare for a Finnish actor. So, we went to see the movie and it was amazing in a sense. I love Spike Lee, he's a genius in my opinion, and I couldn't help but think about how the movie was set in the 1970s but it was like watching the news in 2018. Lee had made a good job putting the phrases like "America first" into the movie dated back forty years ago and those made the movie all more current. 

I remember the last scene in the actual movie with the black guy calling David Duke on the phone and laughing at him. It was hilarious but the laughter that filled the movie theater was soon silenced when we were shown a few clips of the real David Duke, Donald Trump and the actual Charlottesville rally. It all ended up with the American flag being presented upside down and all I could think at the time was how silent it was. The movie ended, no one said a thing and we exited the theater. The guy who ownes it, is a friend of my mom's and he was outside and looked at me and my friend and I remember him saying: "Yeah? I know right?" and we just nodded because there isn't much to say to that.

While it's obvious that America has always had racism, it seems like it's rising again from the background. Before 2016 election the country was run by a black president and damn, do I miss him and the time the world could sleep quietly instead of having to think what a giant baby is going to do next.

And no, this isn't about skin color. I think we've talked about that enough for now. Racism is also discrimination against religion. For some reason, many people have gotten the idea that Islam is the religion of terrorism. All muslims are terrorists, wanting to destory Western democracy. Maybe that's because of 9/11. Maybe that's because what happened, let's say in France, Belgium, Sweden and Finland. The best example in my opinion of that not all muslims are terrorists, is this: August 18th 2017, a refugee from Marocco, killed two peopled and injured several others in Turku, which is a city in South-West Finland. The guy was a muslim. The guy who first tried to tackle the terrorist, was also a muslim. He was a Swede and a Brit, on a holiday. He got stabbed twice and he will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, because he decided to step up and help a woman who had been stabbed. 

I vividly remember that one of the first actions as president, was banning enterance from several muslim countries. Why? What is the point in that? You're telling people that are in danger, they can't seek asylum, for example. The same is happening now on the southern border. That goes against human rights.

We should remember that all people are the same when it comes to human value. We should meet people as individuals, not as a color or ethnicity. We should treat everyone with the same respect before we actually know the person. And what's most important, we should remember that there shouldn't be white power or black power. We should give all the power to all the people.

 

 

 


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