Madeleine f. California

Teaching Diversity

Let us focus on a future of peace. Making everyone feel great with their own individuality.

Dear Future President,

I'm lost in life... I'm a 15-year-old girl who is clueless about happiness. Throughout all of my life, I have thought that as long as I'm nice everything will turn out great for me. Then I realized, that's not always the case, in most situations.

I find it an issue for someone to call another person a name just based on how the other looks and then get away with it. It's not right for someone to make an insult someone based on who they love. This concept of "difference is wrong" shouldn't be existent . Even though we say that racism, discrimination, and judgment is being dealt with. But in reality, it's pushed so low in importance on the scale from right and wrong.

The law takes more action on physical abuse rather verbal abuse. When most commonly words hurt more than the fist. I know because this is what I experienced growing up. I am a young Latina with eyebrows like Frida Khalo growing up. And I was bullied every day, everyone constantly pointing a laughing at my eyebrows. Those words have stuck with me until this day. They are the reason I'm so self-conscious about myself. 

I understand that we can't prevent all of the verbal abuse. But we can help lessen the number of people who have experienced this abuse. All have to do is open our eyes and notice that we are not all the same and that's perfectly fine. Let's notice in the reality of diversity. Not every little girl has to grow up to marry a good husband. That little girl might not always feel like a little girl on the inside and soon turn out to be a grown man who loves women. And notice that we are not all the same color or have the same culture. But if you think about it, life be boring colorless. We just need to notice that being open to new things is going to help your emotions in life and the others.

But you can't expect for someone to become this whole new person over night. So I think our focus should be on the kids.. the future. If we educate them on DIVERSITY. They would grow up being excepting and slowly but surely, decrease the amount of discrimination.  


Madeleine Flores

John Henry Francis Polytechnic High School

Honors English 10 B / Period 3

Sophomore English class in the magnet program of John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley, California.

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