Recently in America, things have been tense between minorities and white people. The Republican presidential candidate and the police killings of unarmed black people — including 13-year-old Tyree King, a Linden-McKinley STEM Academy student in Columbus — have fueled overtly strained relationships between primarily blacks and whites.
With hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter circulating the Internet, people are wondering what needs to be done to make peace in a country where equality is the standard we seek but haven’t achieved. Our country is crying for tranquility and justice. But nothing will ever change if we don’t stop hating one another. We must learn to work out our differences using our words first, and our actions must follow.
A fair treatment under the law is the Constitutional right of every American citizen, no matter their color or ethnic background. I think it’s time we start behaving like we believe in what America stands for. Hatred is unacceptable in any country, but in a country that prides itself on inclusion, it’s awfully hypocritical to have the majority of trending stories be of citizens literally tearing their communities apart.
To stop this no-win, no-justice, no-peace, and no-equality system that reigns over race relations in America as of now, we must stop making assumptions about one another, and always remember: we shall overcome when we can finally walk together as equals, people of all races, and work together to make a brighter future.
“If the color of my skin is synonymous with danger or something to be feared, there’s hatred in your heart.” -Anonymous