“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” -Maya Angelou

Racism had existed in the world since the 15th century- in the form of slavery, apartheid, institutional racism, systematic racism and so on. World-renowned activists such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and Harriet Tubman fought with their lives against prejudice to help make a better world where people, regardless of their gender, colour or status are considered equal.

However, even today, individual racism (It refers to an individual’s racist assumptions, beliefs or behaviours) still exists in many parts of the world. In fact, according to NBC, 64% of Americans say racism remains a major problem. Yes, we have come a long way, but we are still far away from our destination.

There is a need for reform. But how do we stop the flagitious ways of the racists who still exist in the world? It is believed that human philosophies slowly evolve, and time will change their perspective. But is time the true healer in this situation?  When will we achieve this utopian society where every human being treats other fellow humans as equal? The only way we can achieve this is by changing ourselves. For when we change, we can change the society, nay, the world.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”.

– Dhwani Arun, DPS Noida

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