Let's Talk About Race

Let's Talk About Race

In the end, it all comes down to our skin color.
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Race is something that tears us apart. Race is something that makes some people feel small while others feel powerful. Race is something some individuals struggle to talk about because it has become the sensitive topic that will either offend someone or spark an argument.

But let's talk about it - let's talk about race.

Late in the night, a friend and I got into a deep conversation about race, privilege, and discrimination. All of this hatred, judgment and negativity sprouts from the color of our skins. People are treated differently based on the closed-minded stereotypes.

Some individuals struggle to feel safe driving on the roads, walking alone in streets or simply attending school because of the fear of being attacked or criticized solely based on their color of their skin. Some people cannot go to the store and find a foundation color because these companies do not create shades that match their complexion. Interracial couples are still looked at in a different light. These are just a few examples of how racism affects people.

Thinking about all of the little aspects of racism, I had to stop and ask 'why?'. Why are we still lingering on the differences between skin color? Why is it so hard to accept that there are different races in our world?

We are the most diverse generation, yet many do not challenge someone's racist joke or comment. We do not stop and sacrifice a short time in our day to correct someone being offensive. We still don't know how to step out of our comfort to correct another individual.

In the end, we are all humans and we are equal - no matter the color of our skin. These issues bubbling underneath our society can be changed when people start to question the basic principles of all racism with the simple 'why?'.

Racism will persist unless everyone makes a constant and relentless contribution to change.

So the next time you hear something racist, take a second out of your day to correct that person. Because only then, when everyone, and yes, I mean everyone, is pushing against these issues, we will have a bigger, stronger movement. So, will you wait for the change or be the change?

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I Am A Female And I Am So Over Feminists

I believe that I am a strong woman, but I also believe in a strong man.
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Beliefs are beliefs, and everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm all about girl power, but in today's world, it's getting shoved down our throats. Relax feminists, we're OK.

My inspiration actually came from a man (God forbid, a man has ideas these days). One afternoon my boyfriend was telling me about a discussion his class had regarding female sports and how TV stations air fewer female competitions than that of males. In a room where he and his other male classmate were completely outnumbered, he didn't have much say in the discussion.

Apparently, it was getting pretty heated in the room, and the women in the class were going on and on about how society is unfair to women in this aspect and that respect for the female population is shrinking relative to the male population.

If we're being frank here, it's a load of bull.

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First of all, this is the 21st century. Women have never been more respected. Women have more rights in the United States than ever before. As far as sports go, TV stations are going to air the sports that get the most ratings. On a realistic level, how many women are turning on Sports Center in the middle of the day? Not enough for TV stations to make money. It's a business, not a boycott against female athletics.

Whatever happened to chivalry? Why is it so “old fashioned" to allow a man to do the dirty work or pay for meals? Feminists claim that this is a sign of disrespect, yet when a man offers to pick up the check or help fix a flat tire (aka being a gentleman), they become offended. It seems like a bit of a double standard to me. There is a distinct divide between both the mental and physical makeup of a male and female body. There is a reason for this. We are not equals. The male is made of more muscle mass, and the woman has a more efficient brain (I mean, I think that's pretty freaking awesome).

The male body is meant to endure more physical while the female is more delicate. So, quite frankly, at a certain point in life, there need to be restrictions on integrating the two. For example, during that same class discussion that I mentioned before, one of the young ladies in the room complained about how the NFL doesn't have female athletes. I mean, really? Can you imagine being tackled by a 220-pound linebacker? Of course not. Our bodies are different. It's not “inequality," it's just science.

And while I can understand the concern in regard to money and women making statistically less than men do, let's consider some historical facts. If we think about it, women branching out into the workforce is still relatively new in terms of history. Up until about the '80s or so, many women didn't work as much as they do now (no disrespect to the women that did work to provide for themselves and their families — you go ladies!). We are still climbing the charts in 2016.

Though there is still considered to be a glass ceiling for the working female, it's being shattered by the perseverance and strong mentality of women everywhere. So, let's stop blaming men and society for how we continue to “struggle" and praise the female gender for working hard to make a mark in today's workforce. We're doing a kick-ass job, let's stop the complaining.

I consider myself to be a very strong and independent female. But that doesn't mean that I feel the need to put down the opposite gender for every problem I endure. Not everything is a man's fault. Let's be realistic ladies, just as much as they are boneheads from time to time, we have the tendency to be a real pain in the tush.

It's a lot of give and take. We don't have to pretend we don't need our men every once in a while. It's OK to be vulnerable. Men and women are meant to complement one another—not to be equal or to over-power. The genders are meant to balance each other out. There's nothing wrong with it.

I am all for being a proud woman and having confidence in what I say and do. I believe in myself as a powerful female and human being. However, I don't believe that being a female entitles me to put down men and claim to be the “dominant" gender. There is no “dominant" gender. There's just men and women. Women and men. We coincide with each other, that's that. Time to embrace it.

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10 Reasons Why Beth And Randall From 'This Is Us' Are The Epitome Of Strong Black Love

We love to see a strong black couple on TV rise from challenges. And we love to see Beth in satin scarves in bed.

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"This Is Us" is a thought-provoking, tear-jerking, heartwarming, grab your tissues and your best friend kind of TV show on NBC. It follows the life of three unique triplets, their beautiful parents, and all the real-life struggles of a family. When following the life of the most unique sibling, Randall, a Black child adopted by white parents, we see that he grows up to go to Howard, and marries a Black woman that he met in college, Beth.

It's refreshing to see persistent, never-ending, love just like Jack and Rebecca had - Randall's parents - but it's another thing to see a marriage in such a positive light for black people on TV.

A marriage based on open conversation and honesty. Not only do Beth and Randall show us what it's like to marry our best friend but they show us what strong Black love looks like for these ten reasons:

1. They give us Huxtable and Obama kind of vibes

This is not the first and it certainly won't be the last time we see representation of healthy black relationships on-screen.

2. They are a unit

Everything that they do, they do it together.

3. Their blackness is not washed down

Yes, they do their black children's hair at the dinner table. Yes, Beth wears her natural hair and braids and wears a satin scarf to bed. Yes, Randall has waves. Their culture is preserved. We love it.

4. Beth is a strong black woman

As they say, "behind every strong black man is a strong black woman standing right next to him." Beth is a powerhouse. She doesn't hold back. She gives Randall a reason to push forward.

5. They break the stereotypes of what black love is usually portrayed on television

Let's get into it. Let's get real. "Love & Hip Hop." "Love & Basketball." They're not relationship goals. They provide us with stereotypes of how black men and black women treat each other. Black men do cry. Black women can be comforting.

6. Their love is resilient

Despite any and every adversity, they always have each others back.

7. They affirm their children

In season 3, episode 9, Tess, the oldest daughter, came out to Beth and Randall. It was in this particular episode where we see that Black love in marriage springs Black love in raising children. They affirmed patience. They affirmed understanding.

8. Sacrifice. Sacrifice. Sacrifice.

In season 3, episode 3, Beth got fired from her job and finally confessed to Randall. In order for Beth to get back on her feet to find another job, Randall became a stay at home dad until she was stable. In season 3, episode 6 when Randall ran for city council, Beth made it her duty to make sure her husband was supported. It's about sacrifice. Being able to lay down the ego.

9. Black love = black wealth

Each moment spent is rich and full.

10. Their love persists

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