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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I Am A Millennial And I'm Proud

We're not dead yet. So we can't be that bad, right?
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This will most definitely be a controversial topic, but I feel like this needs to be said.

Today millennials are the most hated generation yet. Perhaps that's just because every generation prior to the one before has something bad to say about them, but I believe that we millennials get the worst commentary on our actions. And I honestly have to disagree with what most of the world has to say about us.

Millennials are great.

It's true. Many people are just so used to seeing the opposite perceived in media that they don’t think any different. There has been so much hate thrown at this generation and it's absolutely crazy. To think that the entirety of our generation acts like those that you only see in the news or other types of social media platforms is absurd. I understand that there are a lot of millennials that act disrespectful and ungrateful, but 90% of the millennials I know have a much different story compared to that in the media.

Millennials aren’t begging off their parents, laying around the house with no job, pretending as if they have no sense of responsibility whatsoever. No, most of the millennials I know are employed, sometimes with more than one job, going to college, and paying bills to help keep a roof over their family’s heads for those that still live with their parents.

The rest of us are just trying to survive. We aren’t lazy. The world and economy is too unstable for that. We are busting our tails trying to make a living while still being able to afford an outrageous amount for education (because you can’t get a REAL job without some sort of degree these days).

And for the way millennials seem to act is wrong too. We often get called disrespectful and “snowflakes.” I’m not saying all millennials are saints. That is far from the truth. We are all capable of mistakes, but it’s a far stretch to blame the entire generation for what a group or community get fame for.

Would you say that all Christians are back-washed and racist because the KKK was a group of “Christians” that also liked to murder and torture the black community? No, you wouldn’t because that is not accurate. Nor should you all assume we are all disrespectful like certain youtubers. *cough Logan Paul cough* So, therefore, you can’t all label us millennials as lazy kids who all still depend on our parents and party all the time.

And most kids act the way they do because that was how they were raised. So then, if that's the case, shouldn't you blame the ones who raised them? Just food for thought.

As for the “snowflake” comment, to that, I ask: What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with a little sensitivity.

I find nothing wrong with a generation that seems to care about others and their well-being. We learned to care at times when others didn’t. We learned to care for those who had no one to care for. We learned to love those who were different and learned to be accepting of their differences whether or not they inflicted ours.

We are a softer generation and I honestly think that’s what our world needs right now. With all the heartache, don’t you think it’s time to just accept one another and worry about real problems affecting our country? Don’t you think it’s time to come together instead of dividing ourselves? To love one another?

Sensitivity shows that we care and that’s something to take pride in. I know people may hate the political correctness and other sensitive topics, but its just to show respect and acceptance. This is not to say that generations prior to us are not respectful or accepting. Perhaps they were taught another way or maybe it’s just another “tough love” thing.

Or perhaps we are just more vocal with our feelings nowadays. We all feel, but voicing our emotions is what really allows us to connect with other people and to feel normal. Maybe that’s why we are called “snowflakes.”

Other generations may have struggled, but we have our own struggles too. We are trying to survive with an unstable economy and market and we don’t take it out on you as some would suggest.

We have our faults, there's no doubt about that, but instead of blaming us, try realizing that you're not perfect either and throughout all the generations that have come and go, we're not dead yet. So we can't be that bad right?

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3 Reasons Why You Should Stand With The Nation's Children And Make A Change On Guns

Will you?
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I am a college student. I am a product of the public-school system. And for years, I have been terrified of the potential of a shooter coming to my school. This is my story, and it is shared by children all across the United States. It has become a part of our culture. And that is sickening.

This does not need to be a part of our lives. These senseless tragedies need to stop now. I believe I speak for all my peers and educators when I say we are not going to take this anymore.

The recent tragedy in Florida shook me to my core, and as I speak with those around me about the event, I feel helpless. Besides feeling angry, disgusted, and sad, what can I do? This repetitive cycle seems unstoppable, an insurmountable feat that I don’t know how to conquer.

It’s been a little over a week since the shooting in Parkland and while I’m sitting here feeling hopeless, those whose grief is not even fully comprehensible to the rest of us are taking a stand. In an article from the New York Times this Sunday, I read about how the survivors of the shooting are raising their voices while grieving. Please take the time to read it for yourself, so you too can have the experience I did.

Change is possible, but only if we work to make it happen. For those of you reading who are students, I believe it is our time to rise and demand some real changes in the legislation. Some real focus on what can be done to protect students and end these senseless tragedies. Because I don’t think there is just one answer to ending this. But I do believe we need to put our attention as a nation on this issue. The time is up, and we won't rest until there is no more.

Please take the time to consider taking these steps to make a change.

1. Contact your senator and ask them what they’re doing to address gun violence and school shootings.

202-224-312 will direct you to an operator that can connect you to your senator, or you can find further contact info here.

2. Sign the petition to participate in the National School Walkout on April 20th.

And then follow through.

3. Keep the conversation going about gun violence in schools.

If we stop talking about it, the problem only gets worse.

Whatever your political leanings, I think we can all agree that something needs to be done about stopping these tragedies. If we work together, we can find a real solution.

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