It had been going on for weeks now, the same routine. JP would constantly make me upset by saying derogatory comments to me.
uhh, I think she ignorin you bruh.
so you just not gon talk to me now?
and it would follow, I would have the same reaction each time.
man, whatever i'm outta here!
I decided enough was enough. I turned to scripture that night, which had come to my attention an important narrative. "Speak good, or remain silent." and "The strongest amongst you is the one who controls his anger". Upon reading, I came to the realization I was essentially adding fuel to the fire and that it was a choice. This game was over. A sense of pride and overwhelming confidence came over me.
I walked into study hall, eager to sit in my usual desk, and await him and his comments.
JP realized quickly enough, I was no longer choosing to expense any energy towards him. He lost interest and decided to leave. I was beyond ecstatic.
Discrimination does not have a color, it does not have a blue eyes and blond hair, nor does it have an afro and brown eyes. Hate, is not imbedded in one race of people. JP taught me, that any color can be a target. As any color can be a shooter.