Kristopher Galang

April 2001

Bigotry: Past, Present, But Not Our Future

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.'" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. immortalized the hope of all in America- equality and harmony amongst all its people. Nearly four decades later, Dr. King's words still fill the ears and hearts of America's people.

Has racism ended? Has prejudice claimed its final victim? Is bigotry a thing of the past? This past Black History Month has given me a lot of time to reflect on society. Dr. King did much to fight against bigotry. He took America out from the darkness of racism. But the fight is far from over. All around us, racism and prejudice still exist. Carson is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, with people from all corners of the world, and yet discrimination still exists here. As an openly gay asian-american teenager, I also face prejudice and discrimination everyday. Whether it be discrimination based on my national heritage, my sexual orientation, or even my age, I have personally experienced bigoted attitudes, firsthand. Racism and bigotry feeds into the misconstrued notion that people can and should be judged by the outside. It is not right to be judged and discriminated against for being who you are. It is as simple as that.

Everyday we face some sort of discrimination, everyday we face bigotry. Society has advanced into the technological age, and yet many still hold those same archaic views. Racism and discrimination are not things of the past; it is very unfortunate that many people think as such. If we all look within ourselves, we can honestly say that we, too, have a few prejudices. It is only human to hold certain preferences, prejudices, etc. The only difference is in how those attitudes are regarded. There is a big difference in holding these attitudes as personal feelings and using them as tools of hate.

So what can we do? Acknowledge, decide to change, fight. Acknowledge that racism still exists in today's modern society; do not be ignorant about these issues. Decide to change limited personal views and decide to change the bigoted attitudes that still plague our society. Fight racism and discrimination; make it known that bigotry has no place here. Society is more than black and white. Life is more than black and white. When we as a people open our eyes and realize that our world is a rainbow-every color unique, distinct, special- then, and only then, has Dr. King's dream truly become reality.

heres a brief bio of me.......

My name is Kristopher Galang, but everyone calls me Kris. I live in Carson, California, a city just south of LA. I'm 18 years old and a freshman at Los Angeles Harbor College. I'm majoring in Journalism and when I just happened to stumble upon Oasis Mag i thought it'd be a great opportunity to write and show my pride all in one I am currently working as an intern for a local newspaper here in my city, THE CARSON COURIER and learning all about the journalism field. The media is such a powerful tool and magazines like Oasis give the GLBT community a great voice- and ours will be heard. You can reach me at BLiSsxKx@aol.com

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