Marcelo Rivas

I’ve seen many times how some people see or reject people based on the color of their skin.

For example, near my house, I saw a homeless person lying on the ground and someone kicked his back and started to yell at him to leave the place. The person yelling, who was white, used offensive language to describe the race of the homeless man, who was black.

It is sad how some people in today’s society still think in that way. If they could imagine themselves in the same position, they wouldn’t humiliate or bully others. Before that man started yelling, he should have thought what it would be like to be in that position and how much damage his words could cause. Words like that can lead us to hate each other.

We have to learn how to love others the same way that we love our loved ones. If we taught ourselves this, war and discrimination wouldn’t exist.

Nelson Mandela once said “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

At our school, students often face discrimination for the language that they speak even within their own communities. We should be teaching and supporting each other, instead of discriminating against our own people.

Students need to think about how to stop discrimination because, as a social practice, it happens first in schools. If we battle discrimination at school, it will be easier to get rid of it throughout society.

We should be supporting those who might be been bullied or discriminated against at our school, and making sure that the bulliers get a punishment for the mental damage they cause to other students.