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Prejudice and Discrimination Racism on Paso Robles High School Campus

By: Kristal Roman, Journalist and Reporter

Annaleza myhand explains The effects racism has had on her school life(in video FEATUREtte).

Offensive slurs and gestures that used to be thrown around like confetti in the 1900’s have been frowned upon by our society in the modern day. However, things like: prejudice and discrimination due to race are still prevalent in the everyday lives of students attending PRHS. Although this controversial problem is not one that commonly affects everyone, it is apparent that racism has not been completely and totally done away with. This suggests that, whether or not people choose to acknowledge it, racism still surrounds us and has found a way to survive on our irreproachable school campuses. Students at PRHS react to this unreasonable and unwanted display of hatred in several different ways.

Promoting the concept of unity among races, two people from completely different ethnicities hold hands.

As stated by “http://www.csie.org.uk/inclusion/faqracism.shtml,” racism is “the belief that people who have a particular skin [color], nationality, religion or culture are inferior.” According to a survey I conducted on February 28th and March 1st of 2018 at PRHS, about 42.7% of students have known someone or have been the direct target of racism. Discrimination creates an imbalance in the comfortability of a range of students because it develops an alarming feeling that there is a lack of safety, which is even more unsettling on a school campus that is supposed to embrace and accept the differences within students. When talking about racism on campuses, it is crucial that we reflect on our own. According to my survey results, 36.2% of students admit to hearing racial slurs “very often” while on campus. This implies that words and phrases once used to oppress specific groups of people are still consistently being used on our campus. The data displayed brings up the question on whether or not our school should intervene and acknowledge that this issue still exists on our present day Paso Robles High School.

Racism as seen at Paso Robles High School

If you ask multiple people, from a variety of backgrounds, about their reaction to experiencing racism, you can expect to get several different answers. My survey results show that some students had contrasting responses to this act of ill will. While some students stated that their encounter with racism majorly affected their lives, others admitted to being able to not acknowledge it. For example, one student wrote that “it made [them] feel left out” and like they “didn’t [deserve] to be [t]here,” while another stated that it didn’t affect them “at all” and they were able to “just [ignore] them.” For the people who stated that these actions did affect them, this shows that racism can lead to self-loathing and lack of self esteem. As evidence, about 11% of those who replied to the question “How did being the target of racism impact your/their school life?” said that the exposure to racism brought down their self esteem. Not letting the negativity affect your life and choosing to ignore it appears to be an effective way to combat hate, however some are incapable of doing so. In extreme cases, some students reported that they knew someone who “moved away” because “it was too hard for them to come to school.” These are some of the experiences and reactions that students have had with/to racism.

Students at Prhs feel left out and secluded because of their race.
Racism as seen at public schools throughout America

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The raised fists represent "unity or solidarity, generally with oppressed peoples"(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raised_fist).

A student stares down at the Bearcat Logo that is surrounded by a dark shadow. This represents how some students view PRHS due to constant experiences with racism while on campus.

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