Kids: Say No to Racism!

Racism is the belief that skin color, or heritage, determines  a person's abilities, strengths, and characteristics. It also means that everyone whose skin or heritage belongs to a specific group is either inferior or superior to every other group. Racism breeds discrimination, prejudice, anger, and even violence. 

Children have been prevented from attending school because of racism. People have been refused medical treatment because of racism. World wars have been started because of racism. And, millions of people have died because of racism. It is important that you understand that because you are the future, and it is important that you--the children of the world--say "NO" to racism. 

Racism is not new. It's been with us for centuries. As a child, I even experienced racism because my mother was part Native American. She was called a "Breed", and we were her little papooses. Or as one of my second grade teachers called my sister, "Little Chief". We were considered inferior to most of the kids in school. That same teacher decided that we were unable to learn the same way the rest of the kids could, so she separated us from them. 

Today, you have an opportunity to live in a diverse world where each race and each culture can bring a richness to your lives. Take advantage of that chance. Learn about each other. Enjoy the differences. If you do, then you will realize what I have-- that no one should ever be told they are inferior because of the color of their skin, where they were born, their culture, their religion, or their disability.  And, no one should ever feel superior because of the color of their skin, where thy were born, their culture, their religion, or their disability. 

Join with me in saying, "No" to racism.

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