One Side is Not Enough


Nicole Sama , Literary Journalist

What does racism mean to you? Some people think that racism is just a word but it’s not. It’s when you judge or treat someone different because of their skin color. Racism is a very strong word that a lot of people take hard. What I’m here to argue is whether people should ever be excused or forgiven for racism. What I think is that some people should be forgiven but not all. Most people want to follow others when it comes to racism – they might not know how their words can affect a person. But if they try to make up for their action, they can be forgiven and excused because they’re trying to make up for the pain they caused. People should be forgiven for racism if they regret their actions and try to make up for their mistake.

Kids could say racist things without knowing the meaning of those words, and apologize after they say something. In “To Kill a Mockingbird,” when kids in Scout’s school called her the N-word, later they felt remorse for what they said. Scout punched a kid in the face because he got her in trouble. To apologize for what she did, she invited him to dinner. People can be forgiven for their actions because look at Scout and her classmate – he forgave her for hitting him. People just need to try to make up for their mistakes because if they don’t others cannot forgive them so easily.

People act differently when they’re around other people. In “To Kill a Mockingbird” when the group of men were looking for Tom to make him pay, Scout made them come to their senses. At the end of the day, Tom didn’t commit that crime but he still paid for it because he’s a man of color. Scout had to talk to the men that wanted to hurt Tom because she knew that they were not like that. So she tried to calm them down and she sent them home – and she is 8 years old. How can a little girl stop them, but the racism can’t stop? People sometimes act different because of other people, but at the end of the day they know what they are doing is wrong and can come to their senses.

Someone with a different opinion than me would say that racism should not be excused,  because people know what they are saying and they still say in anyway. A piece of evidence that they could cite is from “Kill a Mockingbird” when they shot Tom in prison after he was wrongly accused. They would say that he was shot because he’s a man of color. What I would say to their claim is that yes, people should not be excused for that – but people make mistakes and you can’t change the past. You have to look at the future and try to understand other people’s perspectives. I would say my thesis is better than them because I am not only going with one side.

In conclusion, people should be forgiven for racism when they regret their actions and try to make up for their mistakes. My key point is there is not a right side. You can either forgive or not forgive racism, its always up to you and how you feel. This matter in the world know because racism is a big part in our world. There are a lot of people of color in the United States and people try to make a difference everyday with their actions.