Faith or attitudes about people based on external differences are known as racism. Most racism attacks people of a particular skin color or ethnic group.
The occurrences of racism leads to discrimination and sometimes pugnacity. When racism results in hate crimes in a community, it tears the community apart.
Some forms of racism are obvious; others are hidden. Whatever you do, don't suffer in silence because it will just hurt you more.
Remember to keep your cool; hitting is not the answer, it will just get you into more trouble.
The main thing is just to be smart and walk away. There are ways to handle racism and it starts with speaking up when you hear racist slurs or jokes. People often take no notice of those jokes since they don't know what to say.
When you hear the jokes, say something along the lines of this: "Look. Just because I am Asian or Black doesn't mean that you can just kick me in the dirt, OK? I am proud of who I am and if you don't like it, keep it to yourself."
Be ready with responses when you witness racist language or actions. Take the opportunity to initiate discussion. Be a role model to others.
By showing others that you don't tolerate hatred, you encourage others to do the same. Treating others with respect sends the message that no one should be treated unfairly or differently because of who they are. Tell people that you won't let your heritage determine who you are or how you live your life.
Stereotypes. Identify it in television, books and movies. The outburst of video and computer games provides even more avenues for racism. Refuse to fiscally support any business or organization that permits racism.
Respect the differences in all populations. While you should be proud of your affiliation in a culture, that does not mean you can disrespect or feel superior to another group.
Don't act rudely toward those who are being rude to you. Kill with kindness and try to stay positive.
From a historical and social perspective, white people are simply more prone to make these mistakes. However, it's important to realize that anyone willing to be a better person will dedicate the time to learn from their mistakes.
Racism is a huge problem in our country, and it will continue to be because of all the different kinds of people in the world. Know that it is bad not to accept people of all difference races.
We are all people in this world and everyone should be treated the same way. No one should be treated any differently because we all have rights and are entitled to our own opinions. I do not — and I mean do not — see racism being put behind us because someone is always going to make trouble.
We should all work together and make the best out of life. The last thing I want to say is do not let racism get you down just move on and live life to the fullest because tomorrow is not promise to any of us.
Chauncy Dean is a senior mass communication major from Ruston, Louisiana.