March 2003
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By Elizabeth M., Grade 9, Fredericton High, Fredericton, NB

Two men are arrested and suspected of a crime. One is Caucasian and the other is African American. Too often, and at horrible costs, priority is given to the person who is Caucasian and this is not right by any means. Racism, in any form, is a vicious disease that has spread throughout the world at an extreme rate, ruining lives, tormenting souls with its cruel words and actions. It's a never-ending cycle and must be stopped.

Racism is to discriminate against someone because of their race or what they believe in. This usually happens because of misconceptions about certain religions or because of ugly gossip. Language is also a major issue, which also constitutes racism. Racial slurs said in jest or friendly banter, which may not be intended to cause harm, may inflict emotional pain on bystanders.

Children are being exposed and almost taught this racist behavior by their parents and those who surround them. Without even realizing it, the actions and chosen words these kids hear will ultimately influence the people they turn out to be, and what they see when they look at others. We need to set the example, so that these kids can grow up in a more unified world.

In reality everyone is created equal and is of equal value and importance, no matter their background, colour or beliefs. Racism is something that is ultimately killing people, and ruining the world with wars as Michael Moore tells us in the movie "The African American Wallet Exchange."

We need to tear down that wall and create unity. As John Donne said "No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent".


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