Students share the reality of racism

By Thunderword Staff

Nearly half of Highline students asked recently said they have experienced racism in some form.

"I receive a lot of micro-aggression from ignorant comments," Elizabeth Englund said.

She also went on to say that the comments and jokes she hears can sometimes add up and make her short-tempered.

Antonio Pineda said that he has noticed he has white-privilege. "Most people don't know I'm Mexican, [but] I'm treated like I am only white," he said.

Half of the students said they have not experienced racism.

"I have never been treated differently than my other peers. I think that it's because people are more open minded in this generation," Randy Nguyen said.

A few students however, went on to explain that just because they haven't personally been affected by it doesn't mean the ethnic group they identify with has never been treated differently.

Most of those interviewed say they do not treat others differently because of their race.

"I've always been surrounded by different races and it's never something that has affected the way I see someone or treat them," Ruth Cherevach said.

Two of the students said that they do to a degree, one being Oscar Saucedo.

Saucedo said that while at work he tries to tailor his vocabulary and mannerisms to the customer.

"I do it to cater to their needs to give the best service possible," he said.

These same students were asked to talk about what society can do to assure equality between races and what that might look like. The three most common things are to respect everyone and their culture, educate others on ethnic groups and their cultures, and ending stereotypes to focus on what matters in a person.

"We need to not look at outward appearance, but look at the inside," Sarai Appert said.

Most students acknowledged that it would be difficult to change everyone's mentality and that it wouldn't happen overnight but it is possible to accomplish over time.

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