World of diversity, prejudice still exists

By Jonathan Barnett
February 28, 2008

Nick Stauffer

If we were all made in the image and likeness of God, then what does he look like? Would it matter to you what color hair he had? What about the color of his eyes? How many people would care about his skin color? How many people would be angry with me for even asking questions like these?

We live in an age where it’s difficult to find people that look exactly like us. It can be especially hard at times to find people who share the same exact beliefs as us. So why, in a world so diverse, is there still a problem of prejudice today?

I would think that people are so busy with their own lives that they wouldn’t have the time to worry about drawing a separation line between themselves and everyone that doesn’t act, believe or look the same as them.

People need to get on with their lives. They need to wake up and realize that discrimination just isn’t an option anymore.

Lately I have been having trouble understanding people and the things they say. The other day someone told me that the people with the most difficult vote in the upcoming election were African American women.

The conversation progressed and it was explained to me that they had the most difficult vote because they were women and African American. That is to say, they will have trouble deciding who to vote for, the white woman or the black man.

I feel like I must be the only one to see an issue with that statement because I have mentioned it to other people and they agree with it. Am I crazy for thinking there should be more to a vote than the sex or race of the candidates?

I couldn’t believe that so many people I know feel this way. It seems absurd in a sense because a statement like that is basically admitting to the fact that what the candidates stand for means absolutely nothing.

I would prefer to do research on the candidates and see what they plan to do for my country. As of late, it seems there aren’t too many people who feel that way. I bet that if I looked at the statistics they would display the ultimate truth to me.

My vote, as a 21-year-old Caucasian male, would be split between the white man running or, if I am a part of the MTV and BET generation, the black man.

I am sorry to burst people’s bubble but in no way will someone’s skin color or sex get in the way of such an important decision. I would be extremely offended if someone so much as uttered who I should vote for based on my age and race. If anyone is singled out this way they should be just as offended.

My grandfather once told me, “When you get into writing for papers and showing your work and opinions to the public, you’d better be careful because someone can come along and twist your words and make a fool out of you.”

He is absolutely right There is a chance that people will look at this article and be upset by it. There will be people who feel the same way I do about it as well.

I am not afraid to speak my mind, especially if an injustice is taking place. What kind of place would this world be if we were afraid to stand up for what we believe?

Unfortunately, that last statement could be taken and twisted in order to work for someone else’s more cynical agenda as well. The point is that we should not be afraid to express our feelings, especially those that would help another person.

I know what I believe and I feel that if you want to be heard, you have to take a stand and accept that not everyone is going to like what you have to say.

Jonathan Barnett

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