Something happened today that has never happened before in school. We talked about racism. As soon as Mr. Zehnder mentioned the word, the class became silent. Everyone knew how serious this conversation would be. We first wrote down our own thoughts for 8 minutes. Then we started to have a conversation. Mr. Zehnder told us it takes a brave person to speak up. As kids talked, we heard examples of racism. We heard how bad racism has been to people. We also heard that sometimes kids learn racism from adults. Sometimes even adults assume who you are based on what you look like. This cycle needs to stop.
What have I learned? We need to get to know people and get to know their hearts. We need to stop judging people by their skin color or maybe a mistake their parents made. We need to step up. We need to stop worrying about what others think about us and just stick up for our friends. We see the racism and we need to stop it.
*Thanks, Cinco for being a guest blogger. And a pretty awesome son.