Sam Smith's seemingly first encounter with Racism

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23-year old musician Sam Smith has seemingly witnessed racism for the first time. While out with a friend in London earlier this week, his friend was racially abuse which shocked Smith. He has since put up numerous tweets regarding the incident.

These tweets included the Grammy Award winner stating the incident “shocked me” and, “I feel like I have to shine some sort of light on it.” His initial tweet on January 20 was, “Just experienced my friend getting verbally abused racially in London. I am absolutely SPEECHLESS”.

While he may be shocked about what happened to his friend, many Twitter followers are shocked about Smith’s apparent ignorance towards racism as a whole. One follower tweeted, “Sam Smith witnessed his friend experience racism and now he wants to "shine light" on something about as known as cars having four wheels.” While another tweeted, “The most ironic thing about Sam Smith discovering racism exists is the fact that the story became about him & not his friend, the victim.”

There are others though that believe what he is doing and saying can have a positive impact. The anti-racism charity, Show Racism the Red Card stated that “Sam Smith’s tweets today show the impact that racist abuse can have.”

With all the criticism he has received about his tweets he has stated that, “For the record, I was merely sharing an experience I had in the hope it would draw attention to how ridiculous it is to be racist in 2016. This is not about me in any way, it’s about a deep rooted issue we have in our society that should now be extinct."

While he may mean well and his heart may be in the right place, many believe that after all of this he is still missing the point and doesn’t understand what people are offended and frustrated about. It is not that what he is saying is wrong necessarily but rather that racism has been around for an unfortunately long period of time and he is not discovering something new. People have been trying to address this topic for years but he doesn’t seem to realize that. Hopefully with time he will learn more about the struggle that people have been going through for decades and continue to go through.

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