Why I'm White And Tired Of Being Called A Racist

Why I'm White And Tired Of Being Called A Racist

What century do we live in, again?
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Every single day, for as long as I can remember, race has always played a role in society. Hate crimes, racial slurs, and prejudices don't even scratch the surface of how poorly America has grown. However, that is not the focus here. The purpose of this 'rant', if you will, is to express the feelings of many white folk --- I am sick of being called a racist simply because I am Caucasian.

I grew up in the suburbs of Upstate New York and went to a high school with a graduating class of nearly 800 kids. I spent the first 18 years of my life in a predominantly all white area with very minimal interaction with people of other descents. Now, I am not saying I had never met a Latina before or anything, but my view of race was relatively one sided.

Upon graduating, I moved 1,500 miles South to a private college in South Florida. I quickly realized that I had become the minority in comparison to the mass of my peers. My school prides itself on diversity and attempts to create a student body of similar race ratios to the country as a whole.

I have now spent two years in South Florida. I have met a great range of people and learned so much about cultures different from my own. I have gained an appreciation for the many dances of India, the bonds between Latin Greek life, and the variety of religions I have come to be surrounded by.

I am happy to say that I have friends of every size, shape, color, ethnic background, religion, etc. This is the twenty first century, and the fact that people still discriminate against other human beings because of their skin color or because they wear a Holy symbol is absolutely ridiculous.

What is even more ridiculous is being accused of being a racist because of my race. Let that sink in for a moment. Oh, the irony. As I sit here waiting for my oil change, writing this little rant, the title of my article is bolded at the top of the screen. Guess how many people have walked by and given me a dirty look... three.

I may drink too much Starbucks and wear white Converse too often. I enjoy Lilly Pulitzer and have my sorority flag hung in my room. Call me a "basic white girl" if you must, but one thing I am not is racist. I do not look down on someone because they are different from me.

Discrimination isn't a joke. I am tired of feeling like I must watch every sentence that comes out of my mouth because someone will turn the words into a racial comment.

"Do you like white or dark chocolate?"

"I like both, but prefer white becau- "

"OOOO RACCIIISSST!"

This actually happened to me a few weeks ago. I rolled my eyes and ignored the ignorant comment. Race should not be something that gets brought into everyday conversations.

America is supposed to be the "greatest country on Earth", but what wonderful country says it's okay to be hateful and cruel to one another? This nation was built on a variety of different people and wonderful cultures. So, how about we stop hating each other and start enjoying all the positives we all have to offer.

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1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten


Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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