This month, the Marshfield Mariner is featuring editorial pieces written by AP English students and submitted as part of a class requirement. As always, we welcome submissions and letters to the editor from writers of all ages (and from those not receiving course credit!) at marshfield@wickedlocal.com.

Racism has always been a major issue in our society, it’s just changed with the times.

The racial slur “n-----” is no longer used in the daily vernacular of ordinary people and most have come to accept that America is a multi-ethnic country. Even then, supremacist groups like the KKK still exist to this day and there are new ways that black people are dealing with racism reminiscent of Malcolm X’s attitude and views.

Whenever I heard Malcolm X’s name in the past he was grouped together with Martin Luther King Jr., so I assumed that he would be as good of an influence, but after reading his autobiography I don’t think he’s the hero that I previously perceived him to be.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a peaceful protester and advocate for equal rights who inspired people to fight for their rights. Malcolm X also inspired people to fight for their rights, but he had a very different viewpoint. He wanted blacks to separate from the “devil whites” and go back to their “homeland.”

People saw Malcolm as a liberator while Trump practically tweeted the same thing the other week and got labeled a racist.

At the time, Malcolm might have given black people the courage to fight, but I definitely wouldn’t call him a hero.

In 2016, a group of protesters blocked the entrance to the University of California and denied access to Asian and white students as a way to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ+ and black communities. The year before, UCLA students asked for a segregated “Afro-house.”

After their ancestors fought so hard to end segregation, these students wanted it back, specifically on campus. Like Malcolm X, they were accusing all white people of discriminating and they were trying to use segregation as a way to fix their problems.

The idea of blaming the students in the first place is ridiculous on its own, but blaming all white people for racism is farcical. Why would they even want segregation? If they segregated the campus it would bring more problems between race. I would understand if they wanted a black pride club or gay pride club, but segregating the campus would most likely cause a greater rift between these people and the rest of the community.

Just because there were more white students doesn’t always mean the school is racist, but even if it was, it still isn’t the student’s fault. Also, it’s not like they were blocking a public school where the taxes pay for it, those kids are paying to be there.

Segregation should not be seen as a way to fix discrimination; it’s like a little kid thinking that if they close their eyes and they can’t see someone, that person won’t be able to see them either. I think everyone just needs to calm down and stop playing the blame game, it’s not going to get them anywhere.

Usually, when someone is racist it’s because of what they were taught growing up. The older generations need to teach the younger generations to be inclusive and non-judgemental. Blaming all white people for racism is just going to make young black kids untrusting of all of their white colleagues.