Breaking Down the Barrier

The reality of racism

by Published: Sep 18, 2013

In a per­fect world there would be no vio­lence, no hatred and no wars.

What we do is defined by the choices we make. Choices bring us the good, the bad and teach us lessons.

Yet there are still peo­ple who con­tinue to have hatred in their hearts and never learn. It’s up to the rest of the world to begin a world­wide move­ment to change the thought of hatred: racism.

At Ferris State University, many orga­ni­za­tions and events are held to bring diver­sity aware­ness to cam­pus. Many peo­ple that attend these events already have a mind-set for a bet­ter world; it is those who oppose and do not attend who could ben­e­fit from such events.

I do not see color. Not in the sense that I am color blind, but in the way that every­one is equal. It is almost 2014 and I imag­ine a world where we are as diverse as we’ll ever be and where racism does not exist. That real­ity is crushed when I hear the oppo­site on the news, or see it in per­son. Of course, the world has come a long way, but racism has not dis­ap­peared completely.

We are not as diverse as the com­mer­cials would like us to think. They try to include some­one who is Caucasian, African American, Asian, Hispanic, a girl, a boy, some­one with light hair and some­one with dark hair, to make sure we know they cater to every eth­nic­ity. The sad real­ity is, although the com­mer­cials are por­tray­ing how it should be, it isn’t actu­ally true.

I grew up in a very small town in the upper penin­sula. In my school, every­one was white. Despite the demo­graph­ics in my town, I grew up in a house­hold that didn’t tol­er­ate any­thing but equal­ity for all. Unfortunately, not every­one grew up the same way I did.

I wit­nessed racism in the way it was talked about, but not exe­cuted, as there was no one there to push their hatred on. It’s sad to learn peo­ple are still judged to this day by the way they look or where they came from.

When I came to Ferris, I saw more eth­nic­i­ties in one day than some peo­ple I know had seen in their entire life. Ferris was the place for me, much larger and diverse than my home­town but not too big.

Being in an inter­ra­cial rela­tion­ship, I have never expe­ri­enced any sort of racism, which is hope for the future. The biggest thing I’ve heard is the occa­sional phrase, “that’s awe­some, but I wouldn’t have expected that.”

Many younger gen­er­a­tions do not even know racism exists. Hopefully they will grow up with many like-minded indi­vid­u­als who will change the out­look on diver­sity and racism in the world.

When every­one begins to real­ize we are all here for the same rea­son, change will hap­pen. Ultimately, it’s going to take a gen­er­a­tion on the same page to break down the walls of racism.