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Racism is the discrimination of different race/races and is the thought of one race or color of skin has more physical/mental abilities than another. It is based on the attitudes of one or more people based on the supposed superiority of one group to the supposed inferiority of another. A lot of racism existed in the 1900s and with the help of some, most of it stopped. But now it's coming back. So why do we think such things of other people? Is it really right to think of people differently because of the color of their skin?

The fact is, by the time a child is a toddler, they start noticing color differences, and then in school, teachers teach not to discriminate and to just look over the difference and live equally. That would seem like enough. But unfortunately, schools aren't the only influence that children have, because while schools teach one thing, parents can also teach them differently. For example; let's say that one day a child is in school, and the teacher says three plus three equals six. But, if the parents tell their child that three plus three equals five and NOT six, then that's what the child starts to believe. If continue to Tell the child that every day, they start thinking that it's true. So, the parent is teaching something totally different than the school. So, if that works with home, it also works with school. This is an easy way to influence the impressionable mind of a child. Then let's say that the child got to high school and was asked, "What's three plus three? The child will answer "five' and believe that it is correct, because that is what they were taught by their parents.

Of course, the same would apply to racism. If the child is taught in school not to hate another person because of their race and then are forced to go home to a racist environment, then that child will think it is okay to act in that manner, even though it is not. A child's mind is shaped and formed by what they are taught in the primary years. Of course, a child should know right from wrong, but how do they know if we do not teach them. Touching a hot stove will burn, however knowing not to touch the stove is a learned response. But to what extent can do we teach our children about the seeds of racism?

The truth is, racism can go two ways. But, most don't expect anything to be done, because no one can control another human beings feelings or actions. No matter what we say learned responses become seeded into a person's make up. Some might argue that they are basically the nature of humans. So, some think to pull things into their own hands and create 'Racial Tolerance Day' in their kids public schools to prevent things such as racial discrimination and hatred. It is a shame that this would have to happen during this day and time. Is racism still so prevalent in our society that we must designate a day? How far have

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