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In the eyes of certain people, if you are the wrong color, you are not normal. Racism is a problem that we face every day. Racism is like a disease that spreads. Children can learn this disease from classmates or even from their parents. Then they grow up with a raciest attitude which they pass on to their own children.

People have shown many acts of racism just in the United States alone. A few of the acts include the case of Rodney King, a black male, who was pulled over by a couple of Los Angeles policemen. The police pulled Rodney out of the car and beat him with their night sticks. All this while other police just watched. This brought on riots and looting throughout the city.

Just recently a truck loaded with illegal immigrants was being chased down a freeway in Los Angeles by police, when the truck finally stopped and the immigrants started to flee.

When the police caught a few of the fleeing Mexicans, they started to beat the Mexicans with their night sticks. Many people thought this was racism. This made the society take a step back in solving the racist problem.

Racism is nothing new. This goes way back. It all started out when the white man bought African American's as slaves to work for them. After the slaves were freed, they were never treated equal to whites. They couldn't use the same public bathrooms, the same public water fountains, and they had to sit in the back of public buses.

We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

From my own experience, I have seen racism in my family. Not from my parents or sister, but from uncles, aunts and cousins.

For example,