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.