You can even find racist stereotyping in politics, which is pretty outrageous. “When Mexico sends their people they aren’t sending their very best…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Sound familiar? You know who I’m talking about: Donald J. Trump. We’ve all noticed when a few very stereotypical things slipped out of his mouth about Mexicans. Even though I’m not Mexican, hearing Trump say things like this makes me infuriated and sick to my stomach because it’s highly inappropriate and racist. His racist comments have gotten so bad that the President of Mexico doesn’t want him in his country. He’s even received death threats from Mexican drug lord, El Chapo Guzman. As you scroll down your timeline on Facebook you probably see furious people because sometimes I do. If you search up #FDT you can see a lot of “Pissed Off Pete’s.” I can’t really speak too much for other racial groups but I’ve been in their shoes and felt racism before.
Sixth grade, we all felt like the “big kids” then because we finally left elementary school and were officially middle-schoolers. We were a few months or so into the school year and everyone was pretty comfortable with their classes and the people in them. Second period we had math and these funny kids were “roasting” each other. I sat there and laughed my guts out. Then it turned pretty racist. I was eleven years old at this time so I found it pretty funny hearing them say, “Shut up, fried chicken boy.”
“You shut up, rice man,” the other shouted back across the classroom in retaliation. The same two kids repeated the overplayed, somewhat racist jokes that were watered down, and I finally realized what they were saying was wrong because in the eighth grade you are matured and aren’t the same “big kid” anymore.
I had to take a stand for my people like Martin Luther King Jr. At this time I was more mature, mindful, and confrontational and said, “Watch yo’ mouth, boy!” Both events happened in the classroom and as we all know, kids the same age as each other don’t take orders from one another. The teacher was getting buried alive by tests to grade so she wasn’t really paying any mind, and as bad as it might sound, I’m not going to snitch. To be completely honest, I’ve caught myself slipping and said a couple of racist things but I know a lot of us said them or have our own racist stereotypes. Be real with yourself—we’ve all made mistakes at times and said things we know aren’t right.
To sum it all up, I would like to say racism can come in different forms and whatever type it is, it isn’t right. Just because it’s just a small little joke doesn’t mean it can just slide. There are people that take things like this very seriously, so watch what you say and who you’re around. There are some serious people that would physically harm you for being racist because maybe they had a bad past with racism. It isn’t a light thing to say, so watch yo’ mouth!