The one major problem in the U.S. criminal justice system is racism. I am an Asian Muslim immigrant. As human beings, we all have the right to live in the world safely. As an Asian Muslim immigrant, I have a right to live here safely. It is important to live in safety, and if immigrants are not protected with the same rights, then they are put into the justice system unfairly – resulting in prison, murders or something like that. Immigration is not humans’ fault. God decides where people will be born. For many reasons, we are going all around the world. The main example is a better life. A better life means somewhere you live with all your rights. And also some people of color who are not immigrants are facing problems because of their race. It could be the language, safety, freedom or real justice.
The problem of racism affects people’s right to be treated equally. I think that as a human being, all people should have the same rights. Their race should not be a big deal and should not matter because everyone is human. Every life is important. To save their life, people need equality to get what they want.
To get real justice, it doesn’t matter what your race is. It means to me that as a human being we all have the right in life to do what we want. It can be your safety, your language, what you speak, how you dress, or what you prefer to wear. If you are from a different country, race, religion, etc., it doesn’t matter. As a human being, you have the right to do what you want to and need to do.
In a few states in the U.S., a lot of Americans attack Asian people for Covid. One such attack is detailed in a USA Today article, “Man faces hate crime charge after Asian woman attacked in New York City’s Chinatown,” by N’dea Yancey-Bragg. In another incident, a 91-year-old man was violently shoved to the ground in Oakland’s Chinatown. Some Americans think that Covid was created by the Asian people. But the fact is that humans can’t create this thing from God. It’s just a misunderstanding by people. The misunderstanding is that they think people created the virus, but this is totally from God; people are not guilty. It affects the Asian community. Their lives are not safe by attacking them – which results in more racist and unnecessary violence on the Asian community.
Some people will say, why is that important? Why do we need to care about racism in America? To those people, I would say, this is important to me as a human being. I need my rights, and I have the right to live freely. To get real justice is what I deserve. Do you have fears that people of color in this country in your life don’t get justice due to their race? Do you worry that something bad will happen to them? This could improve lives with freedom for all because as a human being everyone deserves to live with equal rights. When all people have their rights, fewer people will be put in prison unjustly for defending themselves or for the color of their skin. Racism contributes to crime. If all people can live freely, there will be less motivation to commit a crime.
The main thing is that we are all humans. Right now in the world, we face a lot of injustice, problems just because of our race. In the justice system, white people get more opportunities than those who are black – which is not fair. Sometimes, Muslim teenagers, girls are not allowed to wear hijab. It is their right as Muslim humans to wear hijab.
People are facing a lot of problems for their rights, which shouldn’t be decided by other people. Humans don’t know where they will be born, but the fact is when they are born they face crazy systemic problems and injustice. What is unfair? My main focus is to please try to connect yourself and for everyone to connect to community organizations that are anti-racist. Also, we have to talk with our friends and family about how it impacts us. It connects with all people around the world. Because racism is just a different identity; it doesn’t carry your everything.