Race is a difficult topic for people to understand and talk about. I think that one of the reasons that racism occurs in today’s society is because people are unaware or uniformed of other people’s backgrounds and cultures.
The Trayvon Martin shooting is an incident that really stands out in my mind when I think of racial relations in America. I remember that it happened during my freshman year of college because my roommate at the time and I constantly had the television on to follow the case. As the investigation continued, the more people seemed to talk about whether or not the shooting was an act of racism. I think that one of the reasons my roommate and I had a strong interest in following the news of the incident is because we were both taken back by the mixed opinions that people had on the shooting.
I’ve always known that racism is still a big and complicated issue in our country. I knew it still occurred, but I never realized to what extent. Even though I was aware of racism, the Trayvon Martin shooting made me realize that it’s still a bigger problem than I’ve always imagined.
I believe that one reason racism occurs is because people don’t always understand where other people have come from, and that unawareness can sometimes bring about fear or confusion. I’m half Japanese and half American and growing up, people have asked me questions that I couldn’t believe I was being asked. I remember one person asked me how I have siblings because they thought that people in Japan are only allowed to have one child. People always assume that I like anime because I’m part Japanese but I actually don’t really have an interest in it. I have even been asked if I can speak Chinese. I think that one of the issues is that we’re all not informed enough about other people’s cultures. I have to admit that there’s a lot that I don’t know about other people’s cultures as well, but it’s something that I would like to become more knowledgeable about.