Racism against a young boy...
by melissa on October 21, 2015 - 10:57pm
On June 11, 2014, a journalist published an article entitled "Torrence Collier, 11, says he faces racism, extreme bullying in Westport" that was published on the CBC News. The author demonstrates how much children can be cruel against somebody else. A little boy, Torrence Collier, is victim of racism and bullying. The Collier's family has recently moved back in Westport from Saskatchewan. In his new school and in his village, Torrence is the only black child on a population of 200. He is in grade 5 and he already feels rejection. He does not understand why nobody loves him. After so much bullying, he is questioning himself. He thinks it is his fault that everybody hates him. Everyday, Torrence is receiving comments against his skin color. He does not want to go to school anymore because he feels horrible about himself; he even wants to die because he cannot deal with this anymore. Her mother spoke to the director about how other children are treating her child. After her discussion with the director, Torrence needs to be supervising all daylong; he even has his own washroom. He feels like he was in prison. Finally, in order to make other students aware of this problem, the school put some presentation on anti-bullying and on diversity to sensitize children in school.
In response to the CBC news article, there are no negative points on the article. Everything is well explain and very clear. In my opinion, I believe that Torrence is really victim of racism because he is the only black child on a population of 200. It is unbelievable that some children are doing such things only because of a difference in color. In elementary school, children are not sufficiently educated on the subject of difference in skin color. For many of these students, it is the first time that they see people with a different skin color; it is normal for them to be surprised and to ask questions. In the article "Children are not colorblind: How young children do they learn race" by Erin N. Winkler, it shows how it is important to talk about physical traits with child because if parents are not talking about this subject, they will say things that might hurt somebody without wanted. This is the role of the parents and teachers sometimes to talk about race and racism, because, as Winkler says in his article, avoiding the subject will not make racism disappear. If one day, parents are hearing racist comments against something or somebody from their child, they need to react automatically and tell them that it is wrong to say comments like this because it can hurts people.
(2014, June 11). Torrence Collier, 11, says he faces racism, extreme bullying in Westport. CBC News. Retrieved October 19, 2015 from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/torrence-collier-11-says-he-faces-racism-extreme-bullying-in-westport-1.2671343