Let's Talk About Race on Campus
Those may be a few questions that you've asked yourself before you started reading this post. Race in general is an extremely hot topic lately. Offense is taken very easily, and I completely understand why. So for those reading this, I hope to not offend you. If I write something that may come off as rude and/or ignorant to any race, I apologize in advance that is not what I intended to do. Please correct me in the comments, or even if you would like to contact me via social media, I completely respect that.
I "claimed" this blog post as I was walking across campus, getting ready to leave because I had just finished my last class of the day, thinking about homework I needed to get done when I finally made the hour-long trip back home. I absolutely love learning, so homework, to me, in some cases, is fun. Math is not fun, but pretty much everything else is.
I chose to write about this topic because of one of the classes I am taking, "Race and Poverty in the Americas." (Unfortunately, due to health reasons, I needed to withdrawal from the fall semester, though I was able to be in that class for the race portion of the lecture.) I am not going to lie, of course, I see colors, "colors" being different races, but that is what the professor wanted us not to see. On the first day of this class, I left with my eyes and mind opened more than they ever had been before, and that was only after 50 minutes. I agreed with everything he has said, but I think it left me so speechless because I felt like I would never be able to see the world as he did, but I truly want to. He didn't see the class and the people in the class as "colors"; he saw them as people. That's extremely simple, but at the same time, extremely complex being that these people sometimes, or most of the time, do like to be acknowledged by the race that they are because they are proud. Being proud of your race or background is absolutely something we should entertain and bring forth to educate others.
I quickly want to speak about race on campus. I can proudly say that I attend one of the most diverse universities in the city of Philadelphia. As said earlier, I see colors, though they affect me in absolutely no way at all. In my experience on campus, I honestly feel as if race is not an issue, though that may be me in my own mind. I cannot speak for other races, and that is something I would genuinely like to experience. The way other races see the campus, do they see colors? Do they believe that there is an issue with race on campus regarding students or authority/administration?
As a white female and a freshman, please educate me. Though that class did give me a new mindset, there are so many things I need to learn so I am not ignorant to other races. On my campus, I would love to join in on protests such as Black Lives Matter when they take place. I know about the unjustified events that have taken place bringing the protests to where they are today, but I want and need to learn more. I do not want to be a student or a person who is there just to be there; I want to be educated on issues that arise within different races. Issues within my race (aka white) I hear about daily because of the unfortunate priority we have over other races, which is a whole other issue that needs to be taken care of or even made aware of. There is not a doubt in my mind that other white people (of high authority) know that we have this higher priority over other races, but they are not willing to be openminded to learn and realize the truth of the world in this generation.
That is one of the issues: the older generation. My grandma, my mom and I obviously all come from different generations. My grandma is 77 years old; she still feels a race barrier to an extent that offends me, and I'm sure the races being affected to no end. My mother is a little bit more openminded. I am the one who has been trying to open her mind a little more because guess what? This world we live in is all we have. Why let race or religion of a person change how we few them?
Race is a topic that can be written about for days, yet everyone has varying opinions. My opinion on race is that color, though like I said I see it, it does not have an effect on me. Why would it? We are all human beings. Especially when it's brought up on campus, we are all on campus for the same exact reason: to gain knowledge and experience for our futures. We could and likely will all be working together one day depending on what we major in and so on.
We are one; we need to stick together to create the next generation greater than we are, so they can strive to do the same when it's their time. For now, we take as much initiative as possible to commit to changing the world and the way race is looked at and perceived, because again, we are one. We are all we have at the end of the day, each other.