Diversity in Highland High School

Molly Arroyo

racism_thematic

this picture is from fra.europa.eu

        Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” With Martin Luther King Jr Day just passing and Black History Month approaching, it’s a good time to reflect on where our generations stands on the subject of African- American racism. Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. Racial prejudice is experienced everywhere at home, in the work place, in schools and in the media.
       While racism discrimination has always existed it is important to push past this and work for equality. Racism is extremely harmful and the effects are hatred, cruelty, low self esteem, fear, and the division of human race. Racism has come a long way, but is still prevalent in todays society. It will take a very long time to overcome racism; but through the education, tolerance, forgiveness, and embracing differences it is a possibility.
        Deja Simon said, “ It’s still going on. I walk down the hall and still get called ‘the n-word’. It’s very hard being stereotyped.” According to globalissues.org “Racism is the belief that characteristics and the abilities can be attributed to people simply on the basis of their race and that some racial groups are superior to others.”
        Mrs. Lemon from the Highland High School Guidance Department said, “A lot of times how you’re raised, generations have different views, education is a big part too.” The Associated Press tells that 51 percent of Americans explicitly express anti- black prejudice, up from 48 from 2008. In America as of 2013 there are 79.96 percent of the whit culture and 12.85 percent of the African American according to @indexmundi.com.
      “Racism can destroy us as individuals and ultimately destroy the world, ” said Dr.Poussaint according to loc.gov.

By: Emma Vanator and Danielle Sorrell