Skin color shouldn’t define our needs

Olivia Sliwa,
Brandon, FL.

I am a freshman in college and grew up in a loving, supportive family. Myself and both of my parents are white, but the always instilled in me to treat others as I would want to be treated and to never judge anyone simply because they had a different skin tone than me. I have personally experienced discrimination and it is one of the most aggravating feelings in the world. We can be completely worthy and capable of receiving an award or job position, but someone, somewhere decides that we aren’t good enough because of our skin color. However, discrimination isn’t just about skin color; it’s about religion, sexuality and more importantly, economic status. Whether it be face-to-face, over the computer, or through an application, if everyone looked at a person with an open mind and defined their needs based on their true character and their personal struggles and triumphs, the world would no longer be a cruel place filled with discrimination.


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