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The New Racism

Racism is no longer and old issue. It has been around since the dawn of exploration. Ever since the white man has discovered other races, it has either respected them because they were stronger, or decided to conquer them because they thought the race be inferior. Wars have even been justified with racism, under the term "Social Darwinism".

But today's racism is not against africans, asians, or hispanics. It is not against women or homosexuals.

Today's racism is against children.

If any example can be served, I can think of two that can be noted.

1. Despite not having the right to vote, all 16-17 year olds must pay taxes to fund the government of the United States.

2. Claims by children will be instantly ignored, while a similar claim by an adult will be taken seriously. Children could send petitions to Congressmen all day and serious change may not take place unless they are fighting for "popular" issues.

Children have no voice, and yet they must take on the responsibilities of adults. Is this fair? Is this right? Is this even morally acceptable?