In a small street in Missouri, there is a small wooden house. It is very cold outside because the winter is already here, the front door was cracked and opened widely. There is an old television in the house and it is still playing, on the screen, it shows a news from CNN, it is reporting about the ISIS attack in Paris. There is a small sign in front of the door, and it wrote “Carl’s Family” on it. This was the old house that Carl and his mother lived before, and they just left here forever.
Carl is a twelve year old kid. Like everyone who loved on that street, Carl and his mother were also African American. Carl’s previous house was old, dirty and smelly. There were only two rooms in that house, and each room was only about seven square meters, which only fit a small desk and a bed.
Carl always wanted to move to another place. Actually, Carl did not care about his wooden house at all, the only reason that made him wanted to change house was the education. Carl would go to middle school this year, but Carl did not like the schools in the street, because those schools were very bad. Carl had a dream, his dream was simple but also acquired hard working, he wanted to became the best student in his grade.
However, Carl’s father died a long time ago, and Carl’s mother did not have a job. She could not afford that much money for a new house. If Carl’s mother did not change where they live, she could not find a better school for Carl. That was the reason that made Carl’s mother tried very hard to get a job, because she wanted to give Carl a better life.
Luckily, on last Saturday, Carl’s mother told Carl a very exciting news, she got a job! Carl’s mother became a babysitter of a rich white family. Carl and Carl’s mother could lived at their house. The most important thing was Carl could also go to a better public school there. Carl could study in his new school on Monday, because Carl’s mother already register for Carl.
Carl was very excited about having a new school, because he knew that the white people’s school was much better than his present school. They had a lot of professional trained teachers, and they also had a lot of advanced sport equipments. Carl wanted to join the basketball team in his new school, because he liked to play basketball. On that night, Carl was wondering what will happen to have a brand new school life in his new school.
Finally, Monday arrived. Carl was already packed his bag a day ago, because he wanted to make sure he did not miss any important item. He also prepared some blank paper for note taking, because he wanted to make sure he learned all the knowledge he received during classes. When he went inside the school, he found out that every students in that school were white kids. There were a lot of students dressed the same, and it meant that they were in a same clique. It was very easy to identify there groups and friends.
Carl wanted to met some friends inside the school, because he wanted to join other people’s activities. He also needed some help because he was a new student, and he did not know how to join the basketball team. However, he failed, almost everyone did the the same thing to Carl, ignore him. Carl did not stop trying, but after a lot of attempting, he got a big problem, because he asked Jack. Jack was the famous bully in the school, and everyone avoid him except his friends and Carl.
Carl walked toward Jack, Jack is a big and strong white kid, he also wore a fancy shiny cloth. Carl stood in front of Jack and he asked, “Can you help me to find the basketball team? I want to join it!”
Carl did not know that Jack is the team leader for basketball team, Jack stared at Carl and he said, “You want to join the basketball team? You can’t! I would never let a black kid join my team!”
Carl was angry at Jack, because he thought Jack think he is not skilled enough to join the team, then he replied to Jack, “I am very good at basketball, I was the best player in my old school!”
Jack laughed, and he yelled, “Your old school? I bet the student in your old school are all black people, and I knew black people are poor and stink like you! I think you became the best player because they do not even know how to play basketball!” Then, Jack’s friends also laughed with Jack, Carl was very angry, and he wanted to tell the teacher about it.
When the first period started, Carl raised his hand, but he was interrupted by the teacher. The teacher was a tall and strong white adults, he looked at the students and he said, “My name is Mr. Page, I am your advisor and humanity teacher for this year. Now I will give everyone a permanent seat, and you can not switch seat with others.”
Jack was in the same class as Carl, and he was lucky because he and his friends got the front seats of the classroom. When it was Carl’s turn, Mr. Page looked at Carl’s face with a frightful stare, then he said in a slow and clear voice, “That is your seat.” he pointed at the furthest seat, it was an old and cracked seat. Carl knew it was the worst seat in the classroom, but he had to sit there because he did not want to argue with his teacher.
After lunch, Carl looked at his agenda. Carl found out that he got humanity for the last period, and he did not like it, because Mr. Page is the humanity teacher. He did not like Mr. Page because Mr. Page gave him the worst seat.
During the humanity class, Carl could hardly see the white board, because it was too far away from him. When Carl had some questions and he raised his hand, instead of answer him, Mr. Page kept talking and ignore Carl. That caused Carl did not learn anything during the class.
When the school was finally over, Carl stand up and walk directly to Mr. Page, and he asked, “Mr. Page, I raised my hand a couple of times, but you did not answer my questions. Can you tell me why did you do that?”
Mr. Page laughed, and he turned around and yelled, “Because you are black! This school should only have white student! I will never teach a kid that is black!” Carl was shocked and he ran away from the classroom. After he left, he started crying outside the school. I hate this school, I finally knew the reason that everyone ignore me, only because I am black! Carl thought himself and he ran back to his home.
During dinner time, Carl’s mother found out that Carl was depressed, and she sat closer to Carl and she asked, “Why are you depress, Carl?”
Carl looked at his mother and he said quietly, “I was bullied in school, and the teacher was very mean to me.” Carl’s mother smiled at Carl, and she said, “If it is really a big problem, you should ask the principal for help. I think he will help you to solve your problems.” Carl thought it was a good idea, so he did it on the next day.
“Boom! Boom! Boom!” Carl knocked the door, his hand was shaking, and his back was already sweaty. He was very nervous, because he had never done anything like this before. He waited there for a while, but the door didn’t open, and that only made him more nervous. Oh no, I should never have come here, what should I say? Tell the principal about what Jack and Mr. Page did to me? He will never believe me! Carl thought to himself, he now regrets what he did, because he was afraid that the principal might ignore him like what everyone else did. I should leave this place right now! Maybe the principal is not here today. However, when Carl turned around and tried to leave, the door in front of him opened.
Carl went slowly inside the principal office, and he saw the principal’s face, the principal was also a black person! The principal sat on his chair and he was reading the news paper, and he asked, “Why are you here? Are you a student of our school?” Carl replied nervously, “yes, I am. I am here because I want to report to you about what Jack and Mr. Page did to me.”
The principal putted the news paper down, and he said, “Jack and Mr. Page, I knew Jack liked to bully students, and that already made him in a lot of troubles. What did Mr. Page do to you? I think he is a nice teacher.”
Carl said in a angry voice, “Mr. Page is only nice to the white students!They think white people are better than the black! They treat me different than others! They are bad people!”
Carl seemed surprised the principal, because the principal never allowed racism and segregation in school. After a few seconds, the principal said, “I will solve your problems, I promise it will never happen again. Oh, can you tell me what is your name?” “It is Carl” The principal looked closely at Carl, and he said, “I am Alex, and I will remember you.”
After three days, Jack got a week suspension from the school, and Mr. Page was also fired by the school. Just like what the principal said, the school will never allowed racism and segregation, this was also the consequence for the people who broke the rule. Carl’s school allowed more African American to study in the school on the same day, because the principal wanted to make the school became a better community. Carl also got a lot of support from the school, and he studied very hard since then. He also used the school time wisely like taking notes, he already used more than a hundred draft papers, and he reviewed them everyday at home. After one school year, like what every teachers had expected, Carl became the best student in sixth grade, and he knew his dream finally became true.