Today's world is filled with prejudice and racism. You probably see it all the time, but you don't realize that people are being discriminated against. When watching the news, you may sometimes see innocent, law-abiding citizens being put down, or maybe even having violent acts committed against them. This is probably happening because they are being judged by their skin color or ethnic background rather than their attitude. But this doesn't have to keep happening. There are many different techniques that we can use to change the way people think or act toward people who are different than they are.
One technique that can help with the problem of prejudice and racism is journal keeping. When writing in a journal, people can express many feelings that they might not want others to read or know about. It is recommended that this journal be kept private. This way they can put their true feelings down without worrying about what others may think. Writing things down can help the person to vent in a nonviolent way instead of harming others. This technique can help to make our world a little less violent.
Another technique that can be used is to join together in a day of remembrance. One school started the Veterans' Day week by having all of the students join hands around the school. This joining of hands was followed by a slide show prepared by the American Red Cross. This theme carried forth to other daily activities. For example, the students did their exercises to songs about peace. Another activity that was done during the week was an art project. Each group of students was asked to portray one of the ten rights of children in a mural, which decorated the auditorium. For three of the five afternoons, an older class did activities with a younger class. This helped to strengthen relations between different age groups.
Yet another technique that a group of students in Sylvania, Ohio used was to form a group called PEACE. This stands for Promoting Ethnic and Culture Equality. They invited a nationally known speaker, John Gray, for this workshop. The students were surprised when they found out that he was African American because he looked white. Because of this, he is able to see both sides of racism. His objective in the workshop was to make his audience angry and therefore make them think about how it feels to be put down or teased. He also insulted members of ethnic groups, but urged them to answer to those insults. He believes that speaking up against the racist comments can help to stop racism.
I don't think that people should be treated poorly because of their ethnic background. The people that should be punished are the ones that actually commit a crime. I am glad that people and organizations have come up with ways to express their thoughts and feelings in a nonviolent way. I feel that each parent and each school should do something now to try to help stop prejudice and racism. We need to teach the children to get along so that when they grow up they will do the right thing.
Prejudice and racism are all around us. It is each person's responsibility to take action to help stop prejudice and racism in our world. Change may be a slow process, but if we start now, future generations may not have to worry about this problem.