Racism is one of the darker things to consider when it comes to our society, as everyone should be treating one another equally. Nobody is worth more than another person, and vice versa – but that isn’t what people would lead you to believe when it comes to today’s world. People are always looking for the next best thing, and they want to ensure that they’re wealthy beyond their dreams. It isn’t easy trying to live when you’re placed in a world that doesn’t belong to you, and I can speak from personal experience; I’m a black man that was born in the harshest, whitest town of Canada. I’m not going to give away the exact city, because I still have love for some people from there, but my experience growing up was one that I really wouldn’t wish upon anyone else. Sure, I was able to grow up in a middle class neighborhood and have a somewhat normal childhood, but the racism that I had to deal with is nothing short of awful. It was almost like an everyday thing for me, and it became so frequent that some of my so called “friends” would poke fun at me.
The N-word was nothing new, and it hurt back then just as much as it does now (the only difference is I can probably just beat your face into mashed potatoes if you dared to test me these days). Kids would throw it around like nothing mattered, and they probably didn’t realize what they were doing, but it’s the fact that they knew of the word in the first place. Racism starts at the home, and while racism is definitely dying these days, it’s still alive. It’s all of the parents who grew up in the time where black people were different, and looked at as being lesser; if you weren’t white, you weren’t doing it right (essentially). I was so sick and tired that I moved out of the city when I was 17 for college and made my way to Toronto, which is where I have been ever since.
Toronto is a very diverse city and you can really see how loving the country is when you come here. The small town that I grew up in was horrible compared to Toronto, both in the way that it looked and the people that lived in it. Racism is still alive, but we’re seeing a lot of mixed couples these days, and the trend is only going to continue moving forward. The new generation of adults doesn’t seem to be as racist as those that were before us, and that’s honestly something that we need to be proud of. We all bleed the same blood and breathe the same air when all is said and done, so racism is nothing more than just hating on yourself in a sense. If you’re in the minority and are having trouble dealing with racists, just know that there will be a time where racism is completely dead.