By Stephania Flores ’20
Have you ever seen a video pop up in your news feed of a person, mainly a white American, judging or discriminating others based on their nationality or the color of their skin?
Maybe saying things like “You live in America, you should be speaking English,” or “You should go back to your country,” or the n-word, etc. Sometimes those comments are not being directly issued to you, but you still feel offended because in some way it relates to your ethnicity or race.
Stereotype and judgement have always been a major issue in the United States. This is what has separated the U.S. from being one union or joined countries. Well, not really, there are many other issues but this is one of them. Racism is a major controversial problem in the U.S. And there has always been a specific concept even before the foundation of the United States: the idea of white being superior to people of color. This ideology has been passed by generation by generation which has led America where it is now.
Many countries have developed themselves as a place that priorities people’s appearance and social status or even people’s skin color first instead of what it is truly inside of a person. This view of appearances and nationality has come more relevant ever since the election of the current president, Donald Trump. His whole political campaign involves racism toward immigrants and sometimes talked about the violence of Chicago. Ironically, the places that have a lot of violence is mainly immigrants, Latinos, or African American communities. Due to Trump’s ideas, some of his supporters have become racist and disrespectful towards other races by calling the other races inappropriate names or disturbing comments. For example, during Trump’s presidential campaign called immigrants rapist, drug dealers, criminals, etc.
People went into depth and found information about the people in the video. Angelica Pena, a junior, argued that Trump has had an impact on these rants by not “[choosing] his words properly and instead of talking he chooses to [use the] internet [as a platform to voice those said opinions].” And it is true, Trump goes on Twitter and posts disturbing tweets in is twitter not realizing the Impact it has on others. Also, Xitlalli Mendoza, a sophomore, and Angelica Flores, a freshman, agree with Pena by stating that Trump started this rant on immigrants in the United States.
Trump’s tweets do not only have an impact on Trump’s supporters but to all the people who classify themselves as Latinos. Flores responded by feeling “offended because we are all human and we all are equal.” All the people that he has called out has emotion, and his comments are rude and disturbing. As Mendoza said, “Just because one person commits a crime does not mean every other immigrant is going to do the same.”
There should be an end to all of this racial discrimination, and it could take some time, but people should not be a bystander to this type of judgement.