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Why is it that most people are uncomfortable when the term “racism” is brought up in conversation? Most people do not want to touch on the topic in fear of being called a racist. Racism has been a main topic since the devastating police shootings and other recent events.

Groups like “Black Lives Matter” have been formed to protest police brutality and profiling against the black race. What the media fails to make people aware of is all the police brutality and shooting that have been occurring against the white race and other ethnicities also. Not too long ago a young girl in Kentucky was shot and killed by a police officer when she was leaving a party. The girl posed no threat to the officer whatsoever, but he fired several shots into the car, killing the young girl who was the driver of the vehicle. The media did not blow this up like may have had the victim been black.

A Washington Times article stated, “An analysis released last week shows that more white people died at the hands of law enforcement than those of any other race in the last two years, even as the Justice Department, social-justice groups and media coverage focus on black victims of police force.”

People need to start opening their eyes to the injustices occurring. Most American people are blind to the facts and are essentially brainwashed by the mainstream media. Pop-culture star, Beyonce, performed a political song that supported “black power” at the most recent super bowl. The video for her song “Formation,” includes police officers and displaying a message supporting “Black Lives Matter.” I personally believe that people like Beyonce are splitting the races apart even more than they were before.

Sophomore Hannah Sturgill said, “My view on racism in this country is that it’s ridiculous. We are all the same on the inside, who actually cares about what color you are? This is supposed to be the land of the free but there are some times that I think that’s all a lie. I think we should all accept each other and get along to end the world problems, in the appropriate way.”

My personal belief is that people shouldn’t judge one another based on the color of their skin; we’re all human. I was raised to not see color, but at a young age I saw that a lot of people didn’t see it this way. I grew up in Colerain and went to an elementary school that was predominately black. I was constantly referred to as “white girl” and I was only in elementary. I’ve seen both sides of racism and either way it’s terrible. People need to really open their eyes and realize that we’re all people. Skin color shouldn’t matter.

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