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Nasharie Davis, Guest Columnist

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On January 17, our school
had a very uncomfortable
atmosphere due to the actions
of one student.
The reactions varied between
racial and socio-economic
background. Tears, yelling,
anger, and shock was what was
displayed by
many students
who either
witnessed the
incident or
heard about it
after the fact.
However, I can
say that myself
and other young
women of color
came together
with similar ideas
on how to handle
this incident in
which we felt
intimidated and
bullied. Before we could go
about that we had to, first put
the incident into context.
On the morning of January
17, a white male student
began waving and unfurling a
confederate flag on Middletown
High School grounds.
This was quickly put on
social media platforms such as
Snapchat, the news, Facebook,
and Instagram. Students from
other schools said things such
as racial slurs and praising the
Confederate Flag.
This was the cherry on top.
Mrs. Journet and Mr. Martel
brought my friends and my
cousin’s friends to the third
floor grade office because all
of us were crying. Mrs. Weiner
came along with teacher, Mrs.
Mancini, to listen in on how we
feel.
Fifteen girls sat in that room
crying and yelling, trying to get
our point across about why this
was inappropriate and how this
is not the first racist event that
happened at MHS.
According to the Merriam
Webster Dictionary, racism is
“the belief that all members of
each race possess characteristics
or abilities specific to that race,
especially so as to distinguish it
as inferior or superior to another
race or races.”
Because of the protest, I’ve
been called racist because people
say that I talk bad about white
people. I’ve also been asked how
I was going to hold a protest
about unity but then say racist
comments.
They mistake me saying “racist
comments” for me actually
having black pride and knowing
the truth.
White people have to take a
seat and listen to us for once.
Black pride is not anti-white, it
is me taking pride in my people
overcoming all the setbacks that
institutionalized racism put us
through.
Black people cannot be racist
because racism is power based.
If a black person hates a white
person there is a system that
is going to protect that white
person.
Black “racism” is name calling,
for example, a white person
being called a cracker.
White racism is you will not
get that job, you cannot live in
that neighborhood, and you will
be put in jail with the rest of the
people that look like you.
We do not learn about race in
the school system, and if there is
classes, they are not mandatory.
Our school books are about
Greek philosophers and white
men who “helped” make this
country but failed to recognize
the backs of which this country
was built. They got their
information from the libraries
of Timbuktu and they burned
them down.
Why don’t they teach us this?
Because if they give us a little
bit of light about our people,
we begin to become strong, and
once the black race becomes
strong, people get scared.
White
people are
conditioned
to think that
they run
everything,
and some of
them will do
anything in
their power
to do so.
Therefore,
once we show
a little bit of
knowledge
about what’s
really going
on, they shut us down. For
example, Black Wall Street or
calling BLM a terrorist group
when they’ve done no harm.
Black history is U.S. history,
and black history does not start
with slavery.
My people were kings and
queen before they were stolen
from their land.
There needs to be less talk and
more action.
That is why I take so much
pride in us fifteen girls starting
that protest and doing more for
not just the school, but for the
community

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