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Reader's view: If kids are racist, it came from their parents

I am sick of racism! You want to talk about racism and prejudice, well, you shouldn't get to judge a person from their cover because, really, you don't know them on the inside; all you know of them is from the outside. I walk around and get stare...

I am sick of racism!

You want to talk about racism and prejudice, well, you shouldn't get to judge a person from their cover because, really, you don't know them on the inside; all you know of them is from the outside.

I walk around and get stared at all the time because I am short. Even though I am 13, sometimes cops pull over and ask, "Isn't it past your curfew?" When I go to restaurants my mom asks if I need a kids' menu and some color crayons. Sometimes I get asked, when walking to a friend's house, "Aren't you a little young to be walking around this late?" And that's when it's only 6:30 or 7 p.m.

It's funny, because in my eye I see us all as one big family: whites, blacks, Native Americans, Asians, Latinos and those of mixed-race. I hang out with people of color and have grown close to them. They are the most amazing people I have met.

It makes me sick there is racism in Duluth! You guys just have to realize kids don't see color; they don't care what anyone looks like. It's just a matter of how they treat you. If kids are racist, they get it from their parents. I feel like parents are making kids see racism. People just need to start seeing that race is not that big of a deal.

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Sarah June Matiatos

Duluth

The writer is an eighth-grader at Morgan Park Middle School.

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