Racism In 2014?

posted May 14, 2014, 9:28 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 14, 2014, 9:28 PM by Unknown user ]
    Hello. Today's blog post will be about racism today, followed by a video that has gone viral.

    I found this video of a white man harassing a black woman on a public transit bus on May 6th, 2014 in New York. He was making comments about her ethnicity, her appearance, and was mocking her accent. This man told the woman to get off her seat and sit at the back of the bus, which he referred to as the "black of the bus" in an attempt to be humorous. His jokes were dry and just plain rude to say the least. 

    A group of black people then stand up to defend the lady, telling the man to "back off" and "leave her alone". Sadly, he didn't and things began to get slightly violent. The tension in the video rises dramatically as does the anger. Personally speaking, it actually made me quite sad.

    Racism in 2014? Our world is diverse and multicultural. It's time for everyone to accept that fact and move on with their lives. Some people shock me. They're inconsiderate and close minded; two of the worst characteristics anyone could possess. 

    Since when is it okay to make fun of someone's skin colour? Who said it was okay? We're all human. 

    Here is a poem by Oglala Lakota, referring to racism and discrimination toward coloured people.


“When I'm born, I'm black.

When I grow up, I'm black.

When I'm in the sun, I'm black.

When I'm sick I'm black.

 When I die, I'm black.

But you white folk...

 When you're born, you're pink.

 When you grow up, you're white.

 When you're cold, you're blue.

 When you're sick, you're green.

 When you die, you're grey.

And you have the nerve to call me coloured?"


    I was reminded of this poem while watching the video. Both spoke out to me and I hope they did to you as well. 

    Here is the link to the video, if you want to watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUPfyvI4W3k

    There may be some derogatory language and terms used in the video which I apologize for in advance. 

    Thanks for reading.

-Reeham.

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