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End Racism!

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In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist; we must be anti-racist.

~Angela Davis

Asian racism has been underrated, yet normalized. In my own experience as a Chinese student in America, I am angry that eight Asian Americans were killed in the Atlanta Spa. I have experienced a couple cases of  Asian stereotypes on myself. This were not intentional, but it was still hurtful. Anything that is hurting others feelings should be changed. We, as Asian Americans, should stand up to all those who show discrimination, injustice, and hatred just because we are Asian.

Words can be hurtful. I experienced how hurtful words could actually become. One day in school, I and one of my classmates were having a pretty intense argument about a volleyball game. In fact, I was just joking around about the final score of the game because I knew it  would make my classmate extremely mad, since he is pretty impulsive, and he says things without thinking. I joked around about how his team lost the game on the final play and that really angered him. He started to swear at me, and then he joked about me being “Coronavirus” and that I should go back to China.

At the time, I did not get mad, but it was still hurtful that he called me Coronavirus just because I was Asian, and Asians never tried to spread Coronavirus around the world, so, this made me feel uncomfortable. At the time, I did not think much about it, but looking back, it was a racist comment. This is just a small case of Asian discrimination; however, there was a worse case than recently happened in the news. 

Sometimes, it is not just words that hurt. Actions can be even worse , even deadly. On March 26th, 2021, a man pulled out a gun in Atlanta and drove to three spa places, and killed eight Asian Americans in total. The news surprised the Asian American community, and they started marching and protesting. The protesting only happened for a while, until it settled down. According to the New York Times  

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta said that regardless of the determination about motive, the tragedy was clear. ‘Whatever the motivation was for this guy, we know that the majority of the victims were Asian,’ Ms. Bottoms said. ‘We also know that this is an issue that is happening across the country. It is unacceptable, it is hateful and it has to stop.’”

Discrimination and hatred towards the Asian American people and communities must stop. The discrimination had been under-reported for a long time because Asian Americans did not have the courage to speak up before like other races have. 

We must change this for our upcoming generations and inspire them to stay together as a group and finally speak up. 


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