In the weeks leading up to the public art show RACE AND REVOLUTION, my interns have been asking people in their community how they would define racism. The show examines the roots of racism in the United States by pairing historical documents with contemporary art.
Eddie, 16, lives in New Jersey. He was asked to explain what he thinks the word “racism” means.
“People who are racist believe that they are superior to other races, and will create noise to express their dislike of that race. For example, when 9/11 happened, many Americans became racist towards Muslims because they looked different and did not understand the culture, so anything unfamiliar posed a threat towards them. I think that racism is just having no tolerance to be open to another area; so rather than being open, being narrow minded is easier.