By Gabriella Agliata '19
Submission: How should I deal with racism? I’m Islamic and the media makes it seem as if we are dangerous but we really aren’t. Some girls in FHA don’t want to understand this and it makes me upset. Please help.
Unfortunately, there’s no simple solution to end racism but there are ways to handle it. First and foremost, you must realize that it is never okay for someone to judge you based on religion or race. You should never just “accept it,” or “let it slide.” If someone is treating you differently or in a way that is unfair compared to others and will not stop, you need to inform an adult right away.
Even though Fontbonne is an all-inclusive and loving environment, everyone comes from different backgrounds, which may make it difficult for others to understand another culture besides their own. The best thing is to teach others about your faith, and explain what it means to follow this religion. It is important to remain calm and collected when doing this rather than responding in a negative tone. If simply explaining does not work, that is the time to notify someone. Talk to a teacher, counselor, family member, friend, etc. - anyone that you trust. After doing this, simply kill them with kindness and walk away. It is no help to respond with hateful words or disrespect.
If someone is disrespecting you because of your background, simply remember that you are perfect in your own way. Despite what others may think, you are your own unique person who does not adhere to stereotypes and degrading opinions. It is important to know that you truly aren’t alone in this struggle and have many people who do support you in and out of school.