I will choose who I am.

R.E.A.L. Talk,
High Tech Middle Media Arts,
7th Grade Trailblazer

Why people often think that they can only be one thing for their entire life is one of my greatest curiosities.

One of our greatest powers is the ability to change, to be something different.

Choosing to have just one label for the rest of my life has never made any sense to me. Good and bad, black and White, Why does it matter? Why do we look at others and choose to stamp a label on them? We are not products, pre-packaged to your liking. We should aspire to change everyday, into better versions of ourselves. We’re never the same even moment to moment, so why act like it?

If I demand respect I’m a crazy feminist.
If I protect the environment, I’m an eco-freak.
And If I embrace my ethnicity and culture, I am just another Mexican.

We are all 99% the same, why let that puny 1% divide us? We have so much more to offer together. People of all colors should be respected and loved because in the end they are just as human as we are.

“If our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be.” -Anonymous

Race is a social construct and does not biologically exist. Every person’s genetic makeup and race is created by sheer coincidence. “Race is not biological. It is a social construct. There is no gene or cluster of genes common to all blacks or all whites..” (New York Times). Our DNA is 99.9% the same (The Telegraph) so it would make no sense for race to be biologically possible. Discrete and continuous traits are a great indicator of this, A discrete trait is when you either have it or you don’t (double jointed, attached earlobes, etc.), A continuous trait is when there is a wide spectrum of a trait (hair, eyes, etc.). Skin color is a continuous trait which makes it impossible to say that someone is definitely black or white. This is important because people of all colors should be respected and loved because they are just as human as we are.

“There is no race chromosome that people can point to, It doesn’t exist.”- The myth of race.

To ignore that we are all humans with hearts, hopes and dreams is inhuman and cruel.


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