There is no point in having a voice if you’re going to be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be. Racism is not dead. It isn’t a “once upon a time” event. Comical YouTube videos, wordy Instagram captions, and school textbooks may make it
appear to be an archaic problem of the past; however, that is an idea far from the truth. These false assumptions are nothing but speculation based on a privileged individual’s experiences. Not only are they incorrect and unworldly, but they are also menacing to our growth as a society. It is as if a section of the community is waving a ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner above its head, as stated by Jan Miles, while many others suffer whilst being silenced by the authority; sounds a lot like a modernday dystopia to me!
Over the last decade, many presses and social media platforms have had to tackle the challenge of offensive comments from users, while still allowing space for expression, feedback, and interaction. A 2017 Pew Research Center survey revealed that a “wide cross-section” of Americans experience online abuse, a majority of which are ethnic minorities. Predominantly, such abuse is left unpunished but it is still somehow “conventional wisdom” that free speech is under assault. This is commonly known as the myth of the free speech crisis which is linked to efforts or impulses to normalize hate speech or shut down
legitimate responses to it. Freedom of expression is something all of us are legally born with, but not everyone truly has the “password” to access it. Use your voice to speak up for those who don’t have that privilege because after all, “you can destroy wood and brick, but you can’t destroy a movement.”
Racism is not dead. Being of a different colour is not a sin. And the right to freedom of expression does not extend to the liberty to be hateful. The stories of many minorities are not fairytales, just like many other stories in our world, but by standing up for issues that we see around us, we are making it clear that we are not willing to give up on a better, peaceful, “happilyever- after”. Find your rightful purpose, and use your voice to make a difference.