Racismin America is still alive. America is still very far from quellingits racism problem, whether it is from the workplace, the police andeven those you intend to serve(Bonilla-Silva, 2014).I strongly believe this, because I am a black. I come from Nigeria,Africa. I came to America six years ago, but it’s been tough for meto cope up with the issue of racism. I don’t have a problem becauseI did not choose my race or where I was born. Everybody has an equalchance in America, but that is contrary to what I have experienced.
Myexperience in my place of work gives me mixed feelings such aswhether I was to choose my race, would I still choose black. I don’thave a problem speaking English at least that is what I think. Ispeak British English, but many people tell me that I don’t speakproper English! They correct me all the time when I talk. I have beengiven names because of my origin and my accent. An African Americanco-worker has nicknamed me “thick accent” because of the way Ispeak. It pains me to realize that I even cannot care for AfricanAmericans patients, once I talk to them and they realize that am fromAfrica because of my accent. They have a mindset that whites aresmarter than blacks. In some instances, the doctor I work with cannotgive me time to discuss my patient’s condition on the phone.Whenever I call her, she will rudely and aggressively, asks me totalk to my African American co-workers. Sometimes last month my unitmanager who is an African American told me that I am intelligent,smart, hardworking, and dedicated, but I cannot get to be theemployee of the month because many patients don’t understand me.The difference is the color, not the gender or my abilities. I haveheard statements like, “you Africans are all over the place, youhave taken our job positions while you know nothing, and you evendon’t know how to speak well”. Donald Trump in his campaign saidthat he would deport all Africans that idle in America. There is aday one of my colleague told me how he prays that Trump wins theelections so that we are deported back to our countries
Racismand discrimination in America makes me wonder if we all one people.We were all created in one image and likeness of God. If you believethis, then why is it that we have racism and discrimination? I am nota lesser being than my fellows we should all be given equal chances.At some point, I feel I should shout and tell the world I love who Iam, but I have no chance to show it because those that I callbrothers and sisters cannot accept me as I am. If we all embraced whowe are and helped each other to realize the potentials that we have,then the people will also have second thoughts about racism anddiscrimination (Bonilla-Silva, 2014).
Americais a land of opportunity, where everybody can make it(Bonilla-Silva, 2014)..I came to America in search of greener pastures, not to idle. Ibelieve that some words like Africans are taking other people’sjobs come from a very naïve people because I must be qualified toget a job. One should have all the merits in order to work, if atall, there is a reason one feels that we are taking their jobs,please give your qualifications to the recruiting department and youmay also land on a job if you are qualified(Valls, 2005).I love my work, and I stand to be corrected whenever I am wrong, butnot in a way that I will feel discriminated. I am human, and I shouldbe treated with fairly. Donald Trump campaign strategies aboutdeporting the Africans makes me feel bad because some of the bigwigsadvocate for it.
Iknow that not all Americans are racists, but to end this menace weshould work together (Valls, 2005).Racism is a menace that still lives amongst us it is so real. Thechoice of which race we should belong to is quite a complex matter.Will we choose a race that gives economic power and a better socialstatus or a race that will give us a better chance of getting a jobor entry to the best universities? In the world we live in today,race is a major player in one’s history, identity, and moral valuesand beliefs (Valls, 2005).Without my race, I cannot be who I am. We should embrace our origin,and love who we are give me a chance to show you my capabilities,and by doing so, you will help me eradicate my fears. I am proud tobe African in the land of opportunity where the greatest histories ofdemocracies have been founded. Where I come from we rarely get theseprivileges and it is sad that some of experiences I receive hereremind me of the injustice at home.
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