The War in Our Own Backyard

Growing up, we were always taught to like people or to dislike people based on their character, not the color of their skin. We were raised to have respect for one another and to stand up for the things we believed. We didn’t let people bully our friends or us, and we didn’t stand down during a fight. Now, in this crazy world, we have been living in this year, race has become the next big fight. Not that it hasn’t always been a fight, but as a nation, we have come together to help stop a problem. Now politics isn’t something I talk about a lot with people because it always leads to a fight. Regardless of who is right or wrong, it never can be a conversation and still is an argument. Now that I have my daughter to raise, I have to teach her the values my parents taught us. She will have to make her own choices in her life, but how I raise her to see people will determine who she becomes when she is older. In this world, there are all sorts of races, and my daughter is part Asian and part white. Most wouldn’t even know she is my child with her fair skin, blue eyes, and light brown hair. I’m dark-complected, with dark brown eyes and black hair. I will have to teach her even though we look different, and I still love her more than the whole world. I have to teach her she can love people of another color, and that their skin doesn’t make them a horrible person but the character they show can. I need her to understand that not all cops are corrupt cops. That some police that we know would do anything in the world to protect her, just as some people with different skin tones would also do the same.

It is a scary world we live in, one where we should all be able to come together for a cause, yet we are all so divided—trying to raise a kid to understand race and how to be a good person. As a society, we have to learn to teach our kids that our skin makes us no better or worse than another person. We also need to teach our kids that it is okay for people to have opinions and that each person will process things differently. Not everyone will post what they are doing on social media, not every person will remain quiet, but just because someone is modest doesn’t mean they don’t care. The stress of the media and social media can really harm some peoples mental health. People are going after influencers for not posting right away or still trying to post other things that didn’t have to do with the movement. In the end they are all still trying to do their job, what pays their bills. No one got mad for the people who still left home to go to their actual jobs, but because their jobs were online and they have a following it made it different. We all handle things differently, and I think that is the biggest problem as a world we forget we are not all the same.

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