National Student Essay Contest - 3rd Place (Grades 7 - 9)
Mears Middle School
The Tough Decision
On a warm, spring afternoon in mid April, the crisp breeze
swept through my hair. My fellow classmates and I had just finished
devouring our lunches. We wanted some fresh air so we ran outside
to the field for a classic game of touch football. We played this
about every day and always had a blast. Occasionally, the teams
were unbalanced, but the scores were continually close.
Today, I was chosen to be the first captain. The opposing
captain, is my best friend, David. Everybody lined up on the goal
line and David and I started selecting our players. First I chose
Bronson and the Ryan. David picked Conor and then Mark.
There were about six people left, and I was trying to make a
decision on who to pick. There is Chase, who is white, and is a
quarterback. There is also Frankie, who is black, and a wide
receiver. Both are outstanding players.
While I was considering the pros and cons of each player, Chase
said to me, "Hey John! Who are you going to pick , a stupid ol'
black kid, or me?
Everybody turned and stared at him with shocked looks on their
faces. Frankie cast his eyes downward and put his hands in his
pockets. I couldn't tell if he was mad, sad, or both. I felt sorry
for him, because why would Chase want to make a negative remark
about another team member.
Then in a loud voice, I said to Chase, "Come on.
That was harsh and completely uncalled for!"
"Oh, sorry Frankie," Chase muttered under his breath.
It was an awkward moment, so I broke the silence by picking
Frankie. I was about to pick Chase, but because of the offending
insult, I didn't.
In today's society, you are judged by: the color of your skin,
your gender, and your religion. People making these remarks need to
put themselves in other people's shoes. Like the saying, "Never
judge a book by its cover," people should judge others by what's on
the inside, and not on the outside.