Skin only covers the surface.
Skin cannot determine the amount of love in hearts. Skin cannot determine the capability of minds. Who someone is is determined by the type of person that they are and not by the color of their outer coating. Too often people are shoved into boxes of racial stereotypes.
As of 2012, 53 million Hispanics were living in the United States. Hispanics are often targeted for being illegal immigrants, unable to speak English and thefts of American jobs. In today’s world, the biggest controversial stereotype is that most Hispanics are illegal immigrants. In 2012, there was research conducted to see how many Americans think that most Hispanics are undocumented. One in every three Americans said that they believed that most of the Hispanic population was illegal. That means for every three people that Hispanics encounter daily, there is one person who is questioning their right to be here. For sophomore Blanca Ortega, this is something that she experiences every day.
“It makes me feel that people lack knowledge if the first thing they do when they look at me is assume that I am illegal. When someone looks at me, I want them to want to know me. I want them to talk to me and ask me who I am and where I came from. I don’t want anyone to assume something that I am not,” Ortega said.
An African American makes 75 percent of what a white person makes, according to studies. This can be interpreted different ways, but it all roots back to the opportunities that are given. African Americans have struggled throughout American history. Along with their struggles, there have also been rumors about the types of people that their race contains. These rumors have put a heavy stereotype on African American citizens. African Americans are often labeled as being criminals. Sophomore Isaiah Drew is hurt by people who limit him due to the color of his skin.
“It hurts a lot when a coach or even a teacher seems to not give me as many opportunities as they might give people of another race. It just makes me feel so negative when it happens, and it makes it hard for me to want to be there and be succeeding in their atmosphere,” Drew said.
Then, there are the white people. White people often are pegged responsible for all of this racial stereotyping, but is that not just another stereotype? White people are often looked at to be over privileged. According to studies, however, 40 percent of the population in homeless shelters are white. The color of one’s skin cannot be a security net. Some like Lauren Battinau do not appreciate the category that they are being thrown in.
“Black people are said to be getting discriminated against, other races are getting shut out of the country, and white people are said to be in an upper class where things can not go wrong, and that is simply untrue. There are a lot of fortunate white people, but there are also a lot of unfortunate ones as well,” Battinau said.
No matter the struggles, no matter the stereotyping, all three people with different backgrounds agreed that if given the chance, they would not change their race. They also said that if they were of different color, it would not change the type of people that they are. Nobody wants to be put in a box that determines who they are supposed to be. After all, skin only covers the surface.