Racism Taken A Little Too Lightly by Britni Thomas

Everyone thinks that racism is either dead or a little bit funny. We hear the jokes everywhere. “What a terrible driver! Oh, she’s Asian. Makes sense.” or “Oh no! It’s dark! Where did Britni go?” That’s actually a joke I get quite often. In order to avoid making anyone feel upset or hurt or offended, we tend to joke about it. We laugh and if the person does seem hurt, we console them with “It was just a joke. I won’t say it anymore.” But then, the next day, they do it.

Most of my life, from age 3-11 I lived in Redondo Beach where I was the only African American girl in my class. It was very rare to see to black children in the same class together. It was as if the knew what color we were and made sure to put us in classes that are predominately white to make it look like they were not racist. I was bullied most of my life. Not by flat out racism but by jokes they would make about it. The dark joke I got at least four times a day. I got jokes about being able to blend in with the asphalt. They would make jokes about me bring Kool Aid with my lunch saying that I was the stereotypical black person because I would drink Kool Aid all the time. I was told I look like a monkey and I was told that my hair was a weave or that it was nappy.

Over the years, I learned to laugh at the jokes because crying in front of people because of a joke is not seen as mature. But I cannot play victim here because I am guilty of being racist with my jokes as well. I point this out because as I was listening to music, this song (the one posted above) began to play and the way the song plays out, they all realize that through their jokes they are racist, a little bit. It puts it in a comedic manner but I felt like I should share it.

With this song, I really believe that everyone really is a little bit racist sometimes. Whether intentionally or not.

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The American Dream: Possible Reality for All or Just a Dream by Britni Thomas

American Dream

noun

1.

the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionallyheld to be available to every American. Origin: 
1930–35
For a while, there has been this idea going around called The American Dream. Above is the definition of what the American Dream is believed to be. But we know better than that, don’t we? Everyone has different interpretations as to what it means to achieve the American Dream. Also, they believe that it is only possible for some but not most. I have a different yet similar view. Let me explain.
Many say that to achieve the American Dream, you have to work hard until you get there. You want it work hard for it. I believe that. You want the American Dream, work hard for it. Dream it and pursue it. I am a firm believer in that. But, I believe that most races have to work harder than others to achieve this American Dream.  Caucasians and those considered to be equal to Caucasians work hard but not through the same challenges that African Americans or Koreans have to face. The struggles they face are stereotypes, racism, and mistreatment. They are constantly put second in line for being a race that is not white. Once they have finally gotten their foot in the door, after possibly twice as long as it took the someone who was white, they are mistreated and stereotyped, basically bullied into wanting to give up on their job and go somewhere new. They do this whenever they see that a worker who is of ethnic background is a better worker than them and can possibly make it higher in the business, possibly replacing them. They put the glass ceiling above them, making sure they are keeping the underdog down.
A personal example I saw of this was with my aunt. I cannot tell you which company she worked at for legal reasons but she worked in a big time company that was helping her achieve her American Dream. She was making a very nice salary, had gotten herself a new car, taken care of her mother and began helping her niece (me) in college. Over time, her boss began to see that she was a woman who would not be corrupted by some of her corrupted coworkers, that she was hardworking and that she was a woman who would go far. He began to say things that were very racist and sexist towards her. He called her a “mad black woman” and has said “are you smart enough to figure this out or do I need to explain it again?” My aunt endured this for about 2 years before she finally gave over her evidence and got a settlement to stay quiet. But even then, they had placed a glass ceiling on my aunt for being the model employee who was African American.
The American Dream. Achievable as long as you are white and keep your mouth shut. There is a glass ceiling being placed over almost everyone who is of an ethnic background. This ceiling blocks any dream from reaching the American Dream. There is no equality for all and no opportunity for all. Only for some and even then it is conditional.
But I do have some encouragement. This can’t last forever and I believe it won’t. Things always get worse before they get better and I believe we are in a better position for the better than we have ever been. If you want the American Dream, you are going to have to fight the hardest you have ever fought. Things get hard at work, you bite your tongue and move on. Do not let the hard times get you down. Go get your American Dream, no matter what it may be. Rebuild the American Dream your way. Besides, the things you work the hardest for are the most rewarding anyway.
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