by Ariel Triana
Worldwide, a campaign started after some racist events: Black Lives Matter. Racism has always been present in the world but disguised in many ways, such as jokes about black people, among thousands of others. Unfortunately, due to the tragic events in the USA, mainly, this has worsened dramatically.
My name is Ariel Schneider De Almeida Triana and I am a 14 year old black boy. I write this text to explain, understand, and claim equal rights for black and white people. Job offers for a black person are completely different than those to a white person. I’m sure that if a black man wanted to work for a company, cosmetics store or the like, the treatment received by a black person would be completely different from a white person’s. We, blacks, are tired of having to survive racism every day. No one should be treated differently from other people just because of their skin color.
I speak for all the blacks in the world who want to be heard and cared for. We want to exercise our rights as citizens, to go out on the street without having to be too tidy to avoid being mistaken for a thief or simply a criminal.
White privilege is very common in this country that is based on slave labor. Whites have always been the protagonists in our world, and that has to change. Blacks cannot be on the cover of a magazine only on November 20. We are also part of society. We want to claim what is rightfully ours!
Racism is an agenda that must be taken very seriously, because, according to research, only 11% of the wealthiest Brazilians are black. If blacks represent 54% of the Brazilian population, why do we see so few black people in high positions in society? To answer each of these questions, I don’t need to say anything other than: RACISM.
We live in a very racist society; however, few people consider themselves racist. Sometimes, people are racist without realizing it, with some phrases that you may not know are racist, such as: “Don’t talk to me like that, I’m not your little black”. Phrases like this are extremely racist and hurtful.
I have already suffered racism, I still suffer a lot of racism and will continue suffering if we don’t change our attitudes now! I am only 14 years old and I have been through several racist situations that hurt me a lot. Racism will always exist and there is nothing we can do to change that. There are several forms of racism, such as structural, institutional, and explicit racism. I try not to be shaken by these nasty comments, but I am not made of stone. I have amazing friends who don’t discriminate against me because of my color. It is gratifying to see how many people support the “Black Lives Matter” movement. On the other hand, there are also some people who only say they support the movement to maintain the facade of a good person.
When I was young I suffered racism, and nowadays I still suffer racism. I wanna know: why are people still being racist with other people? Why do people discriminate against others on the grounds of color? Someone has told me that I’m worse because I’m black, and that only because I’m black I should live in a dumping ground. Yes, I’m black and I love being a black guy. I feel blessed for being black and proud of myself when I defend all black movements.
So, I ask everyone to help support this cause. Help us, help black people, and help yourself live in a better society. I’m beautiful in every single way, but we all know that words can bring us down. However, together we can stand tall and strong, and fight for everyone’s rights. And for all the racists who are reading this text, I only have one thing to say to you: you can shoot me with your words, you can cut me with your eyes, you can kill me with your hatred, but still, like air, I will get up.