"Son do you know why I’m stoppin you for?" Cause I’m young and I’m black and my hat’s real low Or do I look like a mindreader sir? I don’t know Am I under arrest or should I guess some mo’? "Well you was doin fifty-five in the fifty-four; license and registration and step out of the car – are you carryin a weapon on you? I know a lot of you are" I ain’t steppin out of shit, all my papers legit "Well do you mind if I look around the car a little bit?" Well my glove compartment is locked, so is the trunk in the back And I know my rights, so you gon’ need a warrant for that "Aren’t you sharp as a tack! You should try out for lawyer or somethin, somebody important or somethin"
This is taken from a song called ‘99 Problems’ by Jay-Z. It was the soundtrack of ‘The Taking of Pelham 123’. I’m writing this because this really shows how common racism are. He writes about a police who is supposed to help all people in the community but he’s making one group of people hate them. He did fifty-five in the fifty-four barely not a crime but the cop stopped him anyway even though I bet he had better things to do in Brooklyn… Also he ‘knew’ a lot of afro Americans are wearing weapons. Aren’t white people also wearing weapons? And far from everyone wears it!
I think Jay-Z really nailed the text when he asked if it was just because he was young, black and wore his hat really low. I guess the cop saw just that and that he drove a little too fast and stopped him. Isn’t this what everyone at least says they’re trying to stop? Am I wrong?
We can have our preconceptions (everyone has some, don’t lie to yourself), but if we at least help everyone and if we’re being nice the world would change and we wouldn’t be so mad with each other. We have preconceptions and I don’t think we can let all of them go, but if we’re trying to ignore them, socialize with people from different cultures we can learn a lot about each other, that we aren’t so different from each other for example. We don’t need to belong to the same religion, pray to the same god, cook the same food and so on, to be friends. I really hate racism, but I don’t hate racists. We got to help them to stop. If we just hate them back, what do you think will happened?
The text above was only an example, there is a lot of more evil, excruciating thing that happens right now and have happened in our history. That’s why we have history classes, to learn from our previous mistakes.