But how could I ignore something that made me so mad? Outside looking in, nobody cares what you really are. They only try to compare you to what they know so they can get a laugh at your expense. The people in class just laughed and thought it was funny. I didn’t know how to react in those situations so I did my best to ignore it. Even when it was over, I was thinking “What did I do to him?, “Why am I different?,” Why am I the only Asian kid in this school?” I even looked around looking for someone to help and stand up for me, but no one did. I don’t know if it’s just because they didn’t care or just because they didn’t want to get involved. There were times when I didn’t even want to go to school. As a kid growing up, it really feels horrible knowing that you are almost completely alone with no one to talk to about it, so you try your best to fly under the radar and not be noticed just so you can “fit in”. And that’s exactly what I did. I kept silent and made sure not to become someone like them. I never called anyone a racist name or gave racist gestures back to them but why was it okay for them to do it to me? The answer is, it is not okay.
We can change how things are right now. We as people need to do better. We need to come together to stand up for what is right. Our differences make us stronger. Stand up for people who are treated unfairly just because of the way they look or where they come from. If you were in the shoes of the person in this situation, wouldn’t you want someone to stand up for you or your son, daughter, brother, or sister? You can make a difference and be apart of making a positive impact in the world. Be the change that you want to see. To the people who have been involved in similar situations like these, you are not alone.
Feel free to share your stories and experiences with me. When was your first racist experience? What did you do? How did you feel? Looking back, what would you have done differently? We can learn from each other, support each other, and become Stronger together.