Minority groups face prejudice

Delaney Garrelts, Reporter

It’s easy to think that in todays society, there is no more hatred between races, sexualities, or religious beliefs.

The fact is, however, that while it may be hard to spot as someone in the majority, there is still racism, sexism, and religious persecution.

In a survey between the newspaper staff, almost every straight white person believed there to be zero problems in this school among the minority.

Almost every minority who responded had heard comments about them more than once that were racist, homophobic, or mocking of their religious beliefs.

Usually, the minority in America is seen as a part of the melting pot, as big of an importance as the majority, because everyone is equal here. But a very small portion of America is still against the minority.

Most teens today are accepting. The problem doesn’t lay with the amount of people doing the mocking, it lays with the people who believe that just because they are accepting of others, then everyone is.

Racism isn’t over. Homophobia Is still prevalent. Religion Is openly mocked In the halls. Just because a lot of people don’t believe anything poorly against the minorities In this school doesn’t mean that some people aren’t as accepting.

In this school, being a member of the LGBT community is still not always seen as okay. Some students will mock others, and use slurs. But some people will claim that they know a lot of gay people, and have many LGBT friends, so there must be no problem in that community.

Most students of color who responded have dealt with a spectrum of racial slurs, from jokes meant to be harmless to cruel mocking.

Students who weren’t Christian responded feeling scared to admit their religious affiliation, for fear they’d lose a friend or get looked down on.

The world is a more accepting place than it used to be. This doesn’t mean, however, that prejudice is gone, or that everyone feels at home in a school widely seen as ‘accepting.’

Minorities still face prejudice from the majority, despite the fact that most of the majority considers itself as accepting.