The Skin I'm In

“Martin could have been me 35 years ago” Barack Obama’s these words show the saddest side of racism. He was speaking about the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who shot to death,  Trayvon Martin  an unarmed 17-year-old youth, in 2012,in Florida. He was shot because, he was a black, the white, Zimmerman might have feared of his sight. The blacks are discriminated and considered as criminals or they are watched suspicious. American president, Barack Obama, himself has experienced the worst of race discrimination and it stays fresh in his memory.  Obama continued in his speech, “that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.”

What is racism? In many parts of the world, in many countries, many people suffer because of this racism. Some biological groups are discriminated, they are treated as less desirable and inferior. Some characteristics and abilities are attributed to certain people, because they belong to superior race. The blacks or the inferiors are not allowed to come forward to the main stream, or they are not allowed to enjoy the comforts that the superior community enjoys. They are often observed with suspicious eyes, as they may steal, or they may violate the rules, or they may cause riots etc. 

We all boast that, we are modern community, that hates racism, social, economical and cultural discrimination. But, in real fact, we may not be able to avoid discrimination. We may not be ready to support or encourage the inferiors ( that is the way they are considered). A cultured or developed society should discard racial discrimination. All are important; each one is blessed with different talents; if we shun away some on the basis of racism, we may be preventing some  talents, that might have proved brilliant.

Martin, the strong youth, might have dreams,wishes and talents. A white’s non thinking actions has ruined all; along with Martin’s dreams, the dreams of his parents’ too was perished. It is time to stop discrimination, if so, “we may become a more perfect union”, as Obama has inspired.


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