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Racism | Susana Milanes | TEDxPascoCountySchools

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    The assumption all members of each race
    possess characteristics and abilities
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    is referred to as racism.
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    It can be defined as the hatred or belief
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    another person is less than human
    because of his skin color.
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    For example,
    "An Asian has to be really smart,"
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    or "An African-American
    has to be less socially refined."
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    Skin color doesn't define any human,
    so no one should be pressured
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    to behave a certain way
    based on physical appearance.
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    The sad truth people don't seem to realize
    when they're being racist
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    and some people even think
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    when they've positive preconceptions based
    on skin color they're not being racist.
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    But even if your mark
    isn't necessarily negative,
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    that doesn't make
    the statement acceptable.
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    According to Dr. Naomi Priest,
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    a senior research fellow
    in Child Public Health,
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    and leader of the Anti-Racism Program
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    says, "Racism can influence
    the health and well-being
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    in children and teens."
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    Children and teens
    who have exposure to racism
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    can have poor mental health,
    anxiety, and depression due to it.
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    A study by the University of Melbourne
    says they're 461 links
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    between racism and the youth.
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    Teens becoming mentally unhealthy
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    due the racist remarks
    or what society continues to say to them,
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    is flat out disgusting.
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    Speaking of depression,
    it's the number one cause for suicide.
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    Suicide is the act
    of taking one's life on purpose.
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    It often occurs when one sees
    no other option of escaping
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    but to end their life.
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    Racism causes depression,
    and depression causes suicide.
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    In other words,
    racism can potentially cause suicide.
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    Jade Macklin, a blogger
    with a goal to end racism, says,
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    "Due to discrimination
    amongst groups of people,
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    1,572 people commit suicide every year.
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    This number will eventually increase."
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    The question we all continue to ask
    is why are people racist anyways?
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    According to humanrights. gov,
    the main reasons people are racists
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    is because they're either one,
    too quick to judge,
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    two, like to blame others
    for their problems,
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    or three, take on the views
    of the people around them.
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    They like to be stereotypical,
    and that's what causes racism.
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    People are quick to judge,
    because they like to label people.
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    Some even take on the views
    of the people around them,
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    like children taking racial opinions
    from their parents.
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    Children aren't born racist,
    they're taught to be.
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    Parents should allow their children
    to choose their own ways
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    instead of filling their children's
    minds with negativity.
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    What if someone walked up to you
    and started pointing out
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    how your skin color wasn't
    their personal preference?
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    How would you feel?
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    When people make preconceptions
    based on skin color,
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    they're implying that if he or she isn't
    that way, it's wrong.
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    When they're looked down upon because
    they aren't what people expect of them,
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    it could cause them to feel worthless
    or as if they don't mean anything.
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    It most definitely isn't wrong to not be
    of what people expect of you.
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    That is what we're saying
    when we make these racial remarks.
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    Consequently, we need to abolish
    all racial preconceptions,
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    negative and positive.
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    They're multiple ways to stop
    these insulting suggestions from recurring
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    and one obvious way is
    to simply tell someone what they're saying
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    to help them be aware.
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    Another is to just create
    a peaceful protest
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    to help get your point across
    without any violence.
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    Anything that suggest a person possesses
    a specific ability or trait
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    is unacceptable.
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    But the more we disregard the remarks,
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    the less likely
    someone will stop saying them.
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    And the more we continue to laugh
    and allow our friends to say these,
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    the more teens are being harmed.
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    This issue is having
    a harmful effect on teens,
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    and it's time we put
    a stop to it as a whole.
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    As I've said, racism not only affects
    adults but teens too.
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    Even though some people don't seem
    to realize when they're being racist,
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    it doesn't make a difference.
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    We all need to learn
    to be respectful human beings
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    to everyone around us
    no matter what skin color.
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    Just like the teens
    from Ferguson, Missouri said,
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    "Racism isn't over,
    but I'm over racism."
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    Teens shouldn’t be in an unhealthy state
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    due to someone who feels
    the need to be racist.
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    Teens should be getting a good education,
    playing sports, and making new friends
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    not wondering what racial remarks
    will be thrown at them today.
Title:
Racism | Susana Milanes | TEDxPascoCountySchools
Description:

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Racism exists, sometimes blatantly, sometimes subtilely.

Susana Milanes is an 8th grade student at R. B. Stewart Middle School in Pasco County Florida.

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Video Language:
English
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Duration:
04:46

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