Day 3 of the #WalkAgainstFear has officially ended. It has been truly a remarkable day in which all the Walkers and I have learned so much. We are thankful for Laura, a 12 year old, who decided to join the walk. Her brother Omar Garcia, and Saul Triana have joined the walk as well. The walk was a bit longer today; however, lots of motivation has come by Laura joining the walk.
Laura states the following, “The Walk is an amazing experience; I have learned many responsible things. I have learned many things about this organization. I’m walking because of respect. Even if racism was shown in the past, we currently have racism too. At my school I am usually called a beaner, even before getting to know me and that’s not good! When people call me a beaner I get upset because they judge because of my skin and not because of what I do.”
I have reflected upon her words and as we thanked Mi Pueblo Mexican Restaurant for providing food for us she spoke of how she wanted racism to end. Her words brought me to tears because I too have faced discrimination because of my skin color and where I came from. Laura is such great motivation. She serves as proof that our message, “That Racism is still prevalent in the Midsouth.” Not only that, but that older generations pass down racism to the younger generations and that should be stopped.