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I wish

Dr. Martin Luthor King Jr once gave a speech about his dream in 1963. And today I am sadly here to tell you that not all of it has come true. Yes, segregation may be over, but life is a race. We haven’t even begun to slow down racism.

Caucasians think it is okay for them to use the n-word. They say it repeatedly to African Americans or they constantly, customarily, consistently and routinely ask if they can say it over and over again. They think it’s okay for them to say that, but it’s not. Do you know the history behind that word? Do you know how that word makes us feel? Do you know how angry we get?

Caucasians say the n word and think it is funny, but it’s not. Anti-black racism runs in the very DNA of this country, and it needs to stop. That word carries so much hatred.

It is not okay for Caucasians to use a word that is meant to harmfully hurt African Americans and then think that it is okay when it’s not. All everyone says is don’t worry he or she didn’t mean it that way but does that matter? Would it be okay if I make racial slurs? No it wouldn’t because two wrongs don’t make a right.

The very legacy of slavery and racist discrimination lives throughout all African American families because we have to grow up learning the cruel history of what happened to our families. Caucasians go to school and learn the white way of history being taught and then go home thinking they’re superior to African Americans. Are they? If they tell it to you then yes they are. But if we dare speak up we get shut down and sent to court because the very justice system that exists today was only made to put people like me away for good.

How is it that an African American civil rights activist gave a speech about what he would like to change but only some of what he said has. How is it that the Constitution’s first three words state “we the people” yet nothing has changed about the way we are treated. The speech that MLK gave is like a highway that has so many lanes but only one lane could get us to where we need to go. 

I wish Caucasians would stop using a word that intentionally hurts us in the black community.

I wish that everyone would stop thinking that racism is okay because we as African Americans fought so hard to get to where we are today.

I wish that Caucasians one day would learn the history behind what they do and what they did that was so horrible for them to try to be on top of the world.

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    Madelyn CooperOct 10, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    This is an amazing article and I truly wish more people would understand the seriousness of that word and that it should not be taken lightly. Going through the halls I see many Caucasian individuals saying this word as a “funny” joke, and I wish that people would listen to those who speak out and ask for people to stop saying it. African American individuals should NOT have to beg for a slur to not be said, and this article really emphasizes the ignorance and often times blatant prejudice of people using this word, not only Caucasian people but people of other races. I hope that one of these days in the future that people try and understand and entirely refrain from using such a negative word.