SHORT STORY ON RACIAL DISCRIMINATION.
di A. I.
The first day I was told by my mother that I will be coming to Italy , I was very delighted. I arrived in Italy on the 25th of November 2005, it was like a dream come true.
The first few weeks were good and fun , until a day when me and my family were going to the church. After we boarded a bus, I sat down close to an Italian woman. It seems at first she was very calm , although she had some look on me . Then some minutes later she jumped up and started grumblingin a high tone. I thought she was telling the driver to stop or perhaps the driver must have taken her past her place of stop. I felt concern and was trying to calm her down.
But when I tried to talking to her about what was wrong even when she might not understand my English Language, she started talking in a loud voice saying “I don’t like black” which she spoke in Italian language. That was later interpreted to me. Everyone in the bus were looking at me as if I had done something wrong to her. I was embarrassed. Even my mother tried speaking to her she, but she never stopped . It was at the next stop the Bus ticket controllers came into the bus, so they met the scene and wanted to know what happened . So I narrated to them in English . I was so glad they spoke in English, even though not perfect.
After the conversation, it was then some passenger in the bus got the real story and they were amazed, so the matter was settled and she was ordered to go and sit elsewhere in the bus.Soon the bus stop, she got off still talking. Then , I sat down thinking whathave I done wrong. But down inside me, I was hurt, then I said to myself is it because I am“black”, tears began running down my cheeks . It was when my mum noticed me crying she came petting me.
What I am saying in essence is that we should try to do something about Racism but I am not saying that racism is particularly in Italy but in all countries of the world even in Africa as far as to my own country. People, both young and oldshould try their best to know more about people from other races or cultural background. So that they can cope with each other. Rather than looking at others as inferior or low class.Doing this will make a better world for ourselves and our children, so that they also make a better world for their children’s children . In all lets say no to RACISM.