One might think we live in an age where discriminations have been.
cut to a bare minimum, as far as addressing them goes. Gender.
discrimination, racism, and discrimination towards the disabled and less.
fortunate have been acknowledged, dealt with, and handled. Our children.
are taught to take care of the elderly, help the poor, and to stare at.
people with disabilities. The mentally handicapped, homeless people, and.
foreign men and women are given jobs. Yes, one might definitely think we.
live in a time where peaceful equality is at its best. Then why can't I; a.
normal, average intelligence, respectful teenage girl, be accepted? One.
would think that if we can accept the poor, disabled, foreign, and.
homeless people regardless of race, religion, or gender; accepting a person.
who just chooses to dress and look differently would be easy. As I have.
found, such is not the case. Discrimination towards teenagers, especially.
the ones who chose to dress differently, is a problem. It is a problem.
that goes very often un-addressed.
There are plenty of stereotypes, but I believe the one that is.
believed the most is what the stereotypical teenage "freak" is.
Constantly people assume, just by looking at me, a lot of different things.
I was surprised to find the number of people who just figured I was into.
drugs. I couldn't believe it. Apparently, because I choose to dress.
differently, I must be trashed all the time. However, such is not the.
case. Police assume we are trouble makers. I have been stopped countless.
times, sworn at, and threatened by arrest, for simply standing on a street.
corner or holding a skateboard. Meanwhile, a handful of preppy teens.
stand by, doing the same thing, yet not getting a word towards them. We.
are assumed to be on drugs and trouble makers, as well as Satanists,.
witches, and that we're depressed. I speak from experience. Judging.
based merely on an assumption wasn't just back in the days of the Salem.