There are many problems in the world today, and not all of them have a solution that is realistic. I believe that one of the most important problems is racism. Although it is not half as bad today as it was years ago, but it is not to the point that it should be.
From my experience here in Utica, I have learned that there is much more to life than what I have seen in the past 18 years. Walking down the street where I live is almost the opposite from walking down the streets of Utica. There are certain streets in Utica that it would be foolish for a white person to walk down. There are also areas where blacks feel that they aren't wanted. It is almost the year 2003 and people still have to worry about how they are going to be treated in certain places.
One of these places is a college campus. It seems as though blacks hang out on one side of the dorms, and whites hang out on the other. Its not wrong to have friends of the same race, but its wrong to think that you cant be friends with another race. We are all people that eat the same food, go to the same schools, and ride the same bus together. There is no reason why everyone cant respect people with out judging them by there race.
This is not a problem with everyone everywhere, but it is a big enough problem to try to handle. I have colored friends and I think of them the same as I think of my white friends. There are just too many people that feel like they cant be friends with anyone besides there own race. If people could get enough motivation and desire to socialize with other races, then it is almost guaranteed that there are not half as many problems as there has been in the past. I have asked people if they thought this was a problem that we should look into, and about half of them said, "No I don't think it is a problem". My guess is that the people that said that, are the people that are racist to others. They just don't care enough to even consider it a problem. Those are the people that need to get their act together and realize that they should respect people whether they are purple, blue, white, green, or black. If you treat someone with respect, they will most likely treat you with respect. Although there are that percentage that is as stubborn as a bull and wont listen to anyone. Those are the people that if they are not good enough to talk to you, then it is there problem not yours.
The bottom line to this racism problem is that we are all humans, and with a little effort we can look right through the race and give each other respect. The Golden Rule is a very important part of life, if you don't obey it, then you will never be treated with respect.