Houston Forward Times

24 July 2013 Written by  Ryan George

ARE WE REALLY FREE AT LAST?

Has America come a long way since The Civil Rights Act of 1964? Are we still being judged by the color of our skin? Is it a disservice to be black? As teens, we must step up now and be the next generation of leaders and stand up for what is right.

Many times African Americans have been discriminated due to our skin color. We don’t get hired at jobs. We get treated badly at restaurants. Some peers make fun of us at school and some even look at us wrong for having nice houses and cars. Of course, this is nothing new though. It has been going on for decades and still happens to us of all ages today in the  21st century.

Even I have been affected by discriminatProgress AAion. I was just driving home late at night and I was pulled over at least twice for “looking up to no good.” I thought I was going to have to go to jail and everyone was going to make “FREE RYAN” t-shirts for me. But on a serious note, a lot of African American teenagers have been affected by racism and some go so far as being ashamed and wondering if there is something wrong with being black.

What do African Americans do to prevent discrimination? It is very simple. Prove the society wrong. They think we cannot amount to anything so we must show them that we can. African Americans must lift each other up instead of tearing each other down. We must prove that we are more than prisoners, gang members, and thugs, and that we can get degrees and work hard at everything that we do. We must lower the dropout rate and raise the graduation rate so that we can enjoy the luxuries in life and not be questioned about how we got them. As leaders of the future, we must make our voices heard and stand up for what we believe is right.

We do not want Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech to be wasted. All of the protests, marches, sit ins, speeches, and killings that the African Americans had to go through, should not be in vain. African Americans have come a long way but with us being the next generation, we still have a long way to go.