Essay on My Experience with Racism

2390 Words10 Pages
Elvis A Navarro BLS 245 September 23, 2008 My Personal experiences with Racism Racism has always been a big topic in society, even during Jesus Christ time. I believe racism comes from independent thinking and views and how this view from family, friends and society forms us each day. Racism has to do a lot with social status, money, power, looks, sex and much more. Coming from a third world country I can really see the major differences of racism how they vary by culture and education. My experience in the United States as a young boy has formed my racism definition and view of society in general. One of the biggest influences in my life is my father name Evaristo Navarro in terms of racism, he came from an era where marrying a…show more content…
The guy uncle was a war veteran and he was constantly harassed by the young Puerto Rican kids in the neighborhood until they saw he was crazy and did not care if he had to take one of them out. I had another Italian-Irish friend and he told me in his block they would try to mess with him and some people would call him racial slurs while growing up in the Fordham section of the Bronx and he had to earn his respect. I worked as a paper boy and every time I was distributing paper there would be some Black folks and some young guys and the young guys would look at me and say look at that f…. white boy. I felt insulted because I am not white and I felt sorry for those kids because that was really ignorant of them to just talk about someone they do not even know, don’t know my background nor culture. I thought New York City was bad when it came to racism until I moved to Cleveland Ohio. One day I was walking to my job in down town Cleveland when 5 hill billies across the street were kicking garbage cans and when they saw me they were like hey look at that spic and I just stare right at them waiting because I thought they were going to head my way but I thank god that they kept going another way. Another time I was walking on the Eastside of Cleveland and two kids saw me and they were pointing at me saying hey look that’s a spic. I looked at them and I was shocked how can 2 little kids the ages of about 11 and 12 talk with such racist
Open Document