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Unfortunately we live in a world where bad apples still exist

No person should have to experience racism while doing their job or something that they love, but unfortunately these things still happen in the world we live in today. As a sports fan myself that loves to taunt, it is ok, but I choose my words wisely because athletes are no different than the average joe. They have feelings and normal lives outside of their profession just like many of us do as well.

What breaks my heart is that for Chicago being such a diverse city we have certain fans in our city that would do such a thing. Chicago, hell, America alone has so many other issues going on today, yet there are still individuals out there that continue to do these types of things, which just adds more fuel to the fire. My theory is, if you would not like someone to taunt you or your children in such a way why do it to someone else? It is disgusting! And I totally agree with Barry Trotz, who stated “There’s absolutely no place in the game of hockey or our country for racism,”. “I think it’s disgusting. There’s no place for it. Athletes in our country don’t deserve that. It just shows ignorance.”

As an African American male myself, yes, I have been stereotyped against and yes, I have experienced racism, and I say to you this it is not a good feeling to experience both especially when you have been raised in a diverse community where race is not an issue. I have always based diversity off everything I did such as where I moved; schools that I chose and what activities in the community that I take part in, but unfortunately there is always someone that views you beneath them because you are not the same. Nobody’s perfect because of what ethnic background they are or what beliefs are specific to them because God made us all different. Being different is what makes us beautiful! Looking at someone because they are different is not very Godly like, and if you have trouble with that then you should really do a self-assessment on yourself and where you came from.

Colorful Art Paintings Painting - God Made Us All Into Different Colored Human Beings by Donna

As humans when we put race, gender and beliefs aside we could accomplish anything together, but sadly it is easier said than done because some people are set in their own beliefs, which has potential to be passed down to our children. With that said, I was fueled to put this writing together because of Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly, who was a victim of a group of hecklers racially taunting him in Chicago. I added a little extra to this writing, but I hope you get my drift.

What do you think?

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Written by Thomas Gouard

I'm a military veteran, a Direct Support Professional for adults with disabilities, and a college student pursuing a career as a substance abuse counselor. Outside of that I'm a runner, cyclist, blogger, writer, and fashion lover. I fell in love with writing during my second semester of college, and have found joy's in expressing myself with it.

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  1. Chicago has a long history of being one of the most racist cities in the United States. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said it was harder to struggle against segregation in Chicago than in Alabama. I remember driving across the United States in 1980 with a group of friends from Brown University; In Chicago a store clerk ignored us and served people we were ahead of because our group was integrated. There’s always been a lot of haters in that town.

    • I remember seeing something about that. It’s sad that that continues to happen to this day in places around Chicago. I can definitely attest to it still happening because similar things have happened to me as well. I’ll share some of my experiences in future writings to others

    • Very true, Nadeem. Has to be some deeper meaning too. I wonder if its just a path for someone to discover that their beliefs are flawed down the road. The individuals mentioned in this writing are probably rethinking what they did because of the viral out roar from it. Maybe it takes the out roar from others to get the individuals to realize that they are flawed.

  2. I think the root of the problem lies in the general mental weakness of humans who find it difficult to accept differences, like & dislike tendencies, pros and cons, and incitement from all directions, and even taught or inherited. Even in countries with the same skin color, there is always a story of the war between tribes or mass extermination, as well as about the differences of religion, social class, and gender. Unfortunately, as you have said, the jargon of justice and equality of rights, just easy to say than to do.

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