There is a difference between curiousity and racism. When a close-knit community receives a visitor, it is only expected that stares and perhaps even suspicious glances would greet him. Although they may seem slightly off-putting, it is a reaction which does not have its roots in hatred but only curiousity or fear for security. The community does even have to be close-knit in terms of being a very social and united one but may have never seen a person of another race before except for on television. It is the same reaction they would give to someone of the same race who simply appears to be from a different place. So the long stares are understandable even if they make you feel like you’re treading upon a catwalk!
The problem however, occurs when there is already a layer of hatred built up in the hearts of people for anyone who is not similar to their race. This is racism and of course, it is a terrible thing. You would think that in today’s post civil rights campaign age, racism should be a thing of the past but the reality is entirely different. Racism still exists today against people of all types since attitudes change and people’s concepts of others are influenced by many things. I think however, that in the next generation, we should see an even greater reduction in racism but this would only occur if parents teach their children correctly. Else it’ll be a never ending vicious and despicable cycle of hate without reason.
Until Next Time
A Worried Student