I felt like writing about problems that I've been facing recently in school. Maybe I should introduce myself again. My name is Lela Idris, and I am 12 years old. I am from Malaysia, but now I am living in Morocco because my dad is working in the Malaysian Embassy in Rabat. I attend the American International School where I have many friends, but sometimes friends are not the friends that you want them to be. They sometimes underestimate you and start rejecting you. Problems have appeared recently.
Below, is a story about myself facing problems with my friends at school.
Sometimes friends are not the friends you wanted them to be. They seem so nice, but they are the opposite when you know them really well. One of the problems that I have been facing at school with my friends is that they start calling me racist names. This happened when my friends and I were talking about make-up and what kind of make-up suits them. When it was my turn to suggest one of my friend what make-up suit her, I chose to talk about a friend of mine who is Black. I said that she needed to put blush to make her look brighter, red lipstick, and bright eyeliner to stand out. But sometimes, friends don't understand you really well and start accusing you of something that you did not mean. The girl said that when I said that she needed to put blush on for her to look bright, she thought that I wanted to change the color of her skin from black to white because blush is always white. However, that is not what I meant. What I meant was that it would to make her look prettier! Since that is not what she thought, she then accused me of being a racist, which I am not. In this school, bad or good news travel fast from student to student. The next day when I came to school, students started rejecting me. I felt terrible, but I had a friend who understands me really well and she started defending me. She helped me explain what I really meant, and from there I started being friends again with everyone. There is always a solution to a problem like this, friends try to understand each other and not accuse each other of what is not true.
Check out Lela's Poem about diversity.
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