Originally created 03/05/02

Teen asks, why is race a big deal?

As a young student in America, I have often seen how racial issues have come and gone in my 13 years of living, and I constantly have to ask myself, why? Why is my race such a big deal? Why are people prejudiced? Why must someone hate another because of the color of his skin?

I know that things have drastically changed from the past, yet we still have a long way to go in fighting prejudice. The bottom line is that we are all Americans, and Sept. 11 proved that. We united as a country. It didn't matter what race or gender we were. We were one.

It should not take a tragedy such as that to bring us all together. God created us all, and we have to remember that he made us all equal. A person is not superior or inferior just because he or she is white, black, Hispanic or any other race.

What is race? It is the color of one's skin. Why is that such a big deal? I can't answer that, but I guess it depends on the type of person one is. Prejudice is ignorance. It is being ignorant of love, understanding and compassion. If you have a loving and caring heart, there is no way you can hate someone because of the color of his skin or the way he looks or acts.

Sadly, many people are filled with ignorance and, because of that, every day at least one person experiences prejudice for one reason or another. That is one too many.

We need to work together in becoming a united, caring, loving and non-judgmental America. Peace has to start somewhere. Why not start it here?

Carmeisha Ne'Shel Miller, Warrenville, S.C.

(Editor's note: The writer is student body president at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School.)


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