No one race is superior to another

    "Each person is a child of God and made in His image” is a phrase that most are taught at a young age. But what happens to this mindset as we get older?
    Most children are blind to the concept of race. While a child may notice that other kids are brown, yellow, white, etc., everyone is thought to be equal. Then, the child grows up and realizes that not everyone sees other races as being the same.
    We become cognizant of distinguishing characteristics in other people such as physical appearance, religion, wealth and intelligence, among other things. Race has made itself a reoccurring trait in most of the categories, and this stereotyping others plays its role in life as well.
    When I was younger, I would hear the terms “black” and “white,” but I did not grasp that people were referring to race. I was taught that people were all the same, despite their outward appearance. As I grew up, my understanding of these characterizations grew.
    I remember being upset when I would hear cruel things about people who were a different color or race. These comments hurt my feelings whether it was from people of opposite races or of the same race as me.
    There were times where I was told, “You are smart for a black girl” from people who were not African American. From people who were of the same race as me, “You think so highly of yourself just because you’re a light-skinned (black) person.” These people did not even know me. All they could see was skin color.
    I learned that I can only be the best person that I can be and defy the prejudices and stereotypes of others.  Today, it is hard to separate the act and idea of racism from day-to-day occurrences. It is up to me to decide when to speak my mind on issues regarding race and when to move past someone else’s issues with race.
    In my opinion, no one race, under any circumstances, should be seen or thought of as being superior to another. I am a proud of being an African-American woman, but I choose not let my ethnicity define me. I choose to let my words, actions and deeds determine who I am to people. This way of thinking influences my attitude toward other people.
    In a world that is becoming more diverse, we should have a better tolerance of other races. Focus more on a person as an individual instead of his background and race.
    “If we can the veil of the color of skin, we can see that all men are created equal (Unknown).”
    Kirbye J. Sullivan, 24, is a parishioner at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church. She graduated from Xavier University Preparatory High in 2007 and earned a degree in chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2011.
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