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Mrs. Simmons

Throughout my life I have usually been on the receiving end of racist

comments. In eighth grade I had to go to a public school because of

moving reasons, and that is where the comments started. I could honestly

say that it was the worst experience in my life. Their were only two

oriental kids in my class, I was one of them. The other kid was also

Korean, but the catch there was that he was a well known football player.

I also played football, but I wasn't the all-pro quarter back. Since he

was so good and so well know no one ever said a word to him.

The first day at Richland(the name of the school which I went to) everyone

was nice to me. The first couple days were great ; Everyone was so

friendly and willing to accept me. Going into the second week I met this

girl Amber, she was beautiful. I was sitting at the lunch table one day

and she walked by and I commented on how hot she was. One kid, who I

thought was my friend, said, "Since you are new here, I will let that go."

I responded, "What do you mean?" Chad said, "I like Amber also, and

whoever I like no one tries stepping in, do you understand?" "Whatever

dude...", I said. Chad said, "Now

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listen, I like you and it is better off that way." So naturally I did what

I wanted to do, I asked Amber for her number. That weekend Amber and I

went out on a date. I sure did have a good time. That following Monday,

Chad heard about the date and flipped out. Just after second period I

heard someone yell, "HEY CHINK, YOU ARE GOING TO DIE!!!!" I sort of had an

idea who said it, but I just ignored it and kept walking. A second later

someone pushes me to the floor. I turned around and Chad was standing

there. Chad said, "I warned you, you slanted eye piece of shit." I

naturally backed off because it wasn't worth fighting about. From that

point on everyone considered me the "Wimp who can't stand up for himself."

For the rest of the year my life was a living hell. The only time anyone

talked to me is when someone would make a racist comment. Half way through

football season I quit because I was treated like crap from my fellow

football members and coach. Later on that year a kid named Matt Flynn made

a racial comment. I was in such a bad mood so I punched him in the face.

The fight was broken up right away, and we were both sent to the

principal's office. When we got there, I was the one that was punished and

Matt was left off with no punishment. I found out later that week that the

principal was racist against Asian people. I had no idea what to do, so I

just left it go and

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told no one. Both my parents and the school guidance counselor noticed

that I was having some problems. I refused to tell anyone what was a

matter, and I told everyone just to leave me alone. That was the first

time that I ever contemplated suicide. I felt like I was the most

worthless thing in the world. I didn't know what to do. I was not only

having problems in school, I was also having family problems. I heard my

parents say things about me that I thought I would never hear in my life.

Later that night I sat in my room with my dad's 357 pistol. The gun was

loaded and I contemplated why should I not kill myself, I had every reason

to. Then I started thinking about who in my life really cared. Memories

of my father and I going hunting, the good times my cousin Greg and I had

together, and the things that my two brothers, Ben and Dave, have done for


About a month later, I looked at everyone that pick on me. I noticed that

the kids, I went to school with at Richland, were totally ignorant about

racism. The kids at Richland were never taught what discrimination could

do to someone, mentally and physically.

In the world today, their are a variety of stereotypes put on all races.

Ignorance is the origin of these stereotypes. Kids today should be

educated on what racial discrimination could do to someone.

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