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Racial Injustice in America

By Jasmine Heard

     It is no secret that 2020 has been a terrible year for all of us, but it also has brought forth to the light, racial injustice.  This year, a countless amount of African American people has died from racial inequality.  People like Breanna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and many more.  These were regular people living normal lives until the color of their skin became a violation in the eyes of people with hatred in their hearts.  They were killed because being black in America is apparently illegal.  In America, it is illicit to take a jog while being black.  In America, it is illegal to fall asleep outside a fast-food restaurant while being black.  It is a shame how the color of your skin can affect how you can live your life.  It can affect the way people look at you and how they treat you.  Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” African Americans have been looked upon as criminals, thugs, and ill-natured people.  The shade of our skin does not depict what’s in our hearts.  What others fail to realize is that no matter what your skin tone is, we are all still human beings.  We all bleed red when cut, we all cry when sad, and we all smile when happy.  Since when does “Being Black” mean that we are not Homo sapiens.  When does “Being Black” mean that we are immediately judged to be thugs and gangsters with bad-tempered attitudes?  We have been victims of racism and hate acts for a long time. 


     In 2020 all our sufferings have come to the light.  This year the people who we have lost due to racial injustice have ignited protests around the globe.  We have finally had enough of being mocked, ridiculed, and judged by the color of our skin.  We are standing up to those who think that they are superior to all African Americans.  It is not just African Americans protesting but it is people of all colors fighting for the right to have everyone treated the same. 


     As I have lived through this year, I have observed the changes that the world has come together to make.  No matter what stands in our way, I know that we will fight to make this world a better place for younger generations so that all they know is love, not hatred.  People are still trying to deny Black Lives Matter, but they should remember this quote from Alicia Garza “We wouldn’t have to have Black Lives Matter if we hadn’t had 300 years of black lives don’t matter.” I truly believe that one day everybody will be treated with respect, dignity, and kindness no matter what their skin color is.  We are all human beings; it is time we are all treated that way.

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