For my Social Justice/Injustice Essay I decided to write about an experience with Law Enforcement and my experience on how they treated me after I was sexually assaulted and went to them for help.
The topic of sexual assault and just sexual assault awareness is not talked about enough and a lot of people aren’t even aware of the statistics. There’s so much victim-blaming and shaming and so much mistreatment from law enforcement when people report about it that I also wanted to talk.
- I feel sad, sorry, empathetic but overall disappointed in our “justice” system as a whole. Nobody should have to deal with something like that while they’re just trying to go about their day. This seems to be something that happens alot and it’s truly saddening. I don’t personally have a story like this regarding me, however it happened to my friend in front of me. We were in a parking lot of a taco bell, eating food with my friend, we were both in our own cars and had our windows down and were talking. Someone called only my friend in and said he looked suspicious, but not me. My friend is a black man, hes very tall, and 150% he was racially profiled, the cops showed up way way more aggressively than needed and blocked his car in, it was a scary thing and hard to watch my friend be profiled for simply the color of his skin.
- I think what he means is, microaggressions are everywhere, even if people don’t realize they’re saying hurtful things, they are and for the people those things are aimed towards, it can be painful. He must hear them all the time, I’d be angry too.
Microaggressions in the Classroom
- It was my freshman year, and we were in english class, I had it with my friend Aleiya who was also on the gymnastics team with me so we were decently close, I dont remember verbatim what was said, but remember it being along the lines of someone mocking a chinese accent, and moving their eyes to make themselves look “Asian” and making a comment along the lines of “am I smarter now” and then started mocking the accent an the asian culture in nail salons. Aleiya is hmong and this highly offended her and I remember her calling the girl out
- It is so important for everyone to feel safe in every space and comfortable to be themselves. I know a lot of people don’t though, and it’s honestly very sad. I try my best in every situation to be inclusive. You never know what kind of battles someones fighting.
Does the topic of race belong in the classroom?
- My highschool was honestly very very diverse, however white privilege and blatant racism was still very very prevalent, and highly ignored when reported to teachers, that’s something I’ll never forget. White privilege is very very real. Intentionally or not, it is. White people dont have to think twice about if they’re going to possibly be shot or not during a traffic stop. Most white people get half the time colored people do for the same crimes. I could go on forever. It’s sad, and it’s disgusting, I’m tired for them. America preaches “land of the free” and ” all men are equal” but it’s complete bullshit.
- I think it’s definitely something that need’s to be talked about way more than it is. We’re taught the wrong things. That’s really all im gonna say on that.
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