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Discrimination in High School is a Problem

Discrimination is a problem among high school students and the teachers.

Racism has been a problem throughout the beginning of time and still is a problem today. The United States alone went through wars where skin color separated the jobs of the soldiers and the civil rights acts of the sixties and the seventies. Racial problems among high school students and with some teachers still exist today. There are countless stories of how people lived their daily lives as victims of discrimination and could do nothing about it. Racial accusations directed to different cultures can hurt a person to the point of their loss of an optimistic view of life. There are a few programs that come into the schools where racism is the worst; they have students of different cultures interact with each other which greatly help to lesson the tension. Schools are also trying to find ways to reduce the racial problems but not all students are willing to participate.

Some people live their daily lives with racism and yet they cannot do anything about it. An African American man named Stanley G. Grizzle is eighty five years old, and as a child, had to face racism every single day of his life. He goes to seventh and eight grade class rooms to tell the story of his life and what it was when he was a child growing up in Canada. He told them that racism is always a factor in everyone’s daily lives and no matter where one goes, racism follows. When he was a grown man, he was looking for a house or an apartment to live in but he came across places that stated, “Whites Only.” Grizzle tells these teens about how hard it was for him, hoping they would not discriminate against those who were different than them (Coyle).

In a high school whether one was a student or the teacher, there were always racial accusations among the different cultures. “It’s like the Mexicans got to be pregnant, the blacks got to be ghetto, and the white people got to be polite”(Viren). This is what one high school student stated how people were classified, and the students did not like what they were hearing. Not only is this how the students classified each other, but this is how their teachers classified them, too. An eighteen year old Mexican girl went through this discrimination first hand. One of her teachers stated, “Oh, you’re 18 years old and you’re Hispanic and you’re not pregnant?” (Viren). This girl was offended and yet could not say anything back to the teacher. There are many different racial accusations among the society that is directed to Hispanics, African American, Chinese, Japanese, and many other cultures. The students act this way because that was how they were raised and that is what went on inside their homes.

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  1. Amber

    On November 2, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I am a high school student and I think that it is terrible how much discrimination there is going on at my high school. I really hate waking up everyday and going to my high school. Its terrible how segregated we are and how its the students doing it! Good example at lunch there is a table just for the black kids and one for the mexican kids and another for the kids who are “gothic” the jocks you know how high school is. I think its rediculous! we should come together! We are the youth of the nation! We decide and make the future! What is this discrimination showing the younger students? NOTHING! this needs to stop! Something needs to happen!

  2. john jacob

    On November 24, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    discrimination is horrible cuz u be in skool and those racist bastardss be messin with u

  3. lindsay

    On January 5, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    whats terrible is that one single student is defenseless against a whole school staff/administration’s bias ways…theres no hope for us students.

  4. larry anderson

    On January 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    you know sometimes it can be just one person that makes the difference with racism if i may suggest note this varies from school to school but sometimes if one person would step out of there own personal bubble or comfort zone and go talk to the loner or go sit with someone new every week sit at a different table met new people and just say hi in the hallways

  5. desiree

    On May 20, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    there is alot of discrimination at la serna hi

  6. Marco John Brillantes

    On June 11, 2010 at 2:26 am

    I can definitely understand this because once teachers and administrators see their not “traditional white american students” like immigrants from any country who are not born in America and speaks with a foreign accent or even students with some form of disability are automatically dismissed and deemed incompetent.

  7. Mariah

    On October 19, 2010 at 8:32 am

    At my school its a diverse atmosphere. The majority is blacks and mexicans. Our school is known to be ghetto and the one of the worst schools to go to in johnston county. Its alot of things that happen inside our school becuhs of our color or sexuality and it result in violence.

  8. jariqus cosby

    On October 20, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    my schol is dum cause all des dudes be up in my bidnuss bout my colah…i do not apreciate all dose dude that be doin dat…foreals….it be stupid cuz i feel like beetin up dem boyz.

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