Racism in America RACISM IN AMERICA If someone asked you what it would be like to live in a perfect world, how would you reply? Many people might say something like, “A place without and arguments or fighting. ” Others might say “A place where there is not pollution. ” But, has anyone one ever thought to say, “A place without racism. “? For some Americans, racism has never even crossed their minds.
For others, it is something they have to live with everyday. In some societies in America, racism isnt even a factor, all citizens of the community get along. But, in other societies, racism is a case that could be life threatening. Racism, in definition, is “the belief that humanity is divided into stratified genetically different socks called races; according to its adherents racial differences make one group superior to another.
” (Ethics; Walker, Randolph Meade, 722) If you are a racist, you believe in racism. Racists will often claim that members of their own race or minority are “mentally, physically, morally and/or culturally superior to those of other races. ” (The World Book Encyclopedia; Pettigrew, Thomas F. , 62) For these reasons, many racists think they deserve special rights or privileges. The Bill of Rights was written a little under 200 years ago, yet controlling racism in America is still a task no one can seem to over take. In South Carolina, a Confederate flag still waves high over the capitol for everyone to see.
Is the kind of example we want to set for the youth of America? To people in Europe, Asia, and on other continents, America is a wonderful place to live. It has been said to be “one of the greatest nations on earth. ” (Nova; Marshall, Christopher) Yet, our struggle to regulate all of our citizens is a revolutionary war that has yet to and probably will never be won. Slavery is said to be one of the greatest racial tragedies to ever happen in America. Upon the entrance of this new millenium, slavery and racism is still practiced in America. White Americans have their forefathers to blame for the hatred and anger they have in their hearts concerning races different from theirs.
What is said to be “the God-given right to equality and ultimate freedom” (Nova; Marshall, Christopher) has been crushed for many, by the uncited ignorance of my finely educated people. Racists often need someone to blame for the wrong-doings, hatred and stupidity in America. Who better to blame than someone with skin of a different color? Racism is just another form of prejudice. If a person or group of people acts or dresses differently, these people may get distrusted or disowned. Many people do not recognize the good qualities that another group possess. White Americans are the main directors of racism against ethnic minority groups.
“Most white Americans are unaware of how self destructive racism can be. ” (Nova; Marshall, Christopher) Does America need an AWAKENING? Would it do any good? If you were to put yourself in the shoes of an African American, an American Indian, a Puerto Rican. . . you might say that American is in definite a major make-over concerning all races.
Two white students were suspended for assaulting African American students at Millard High School in Omaha, Neb. And a third white student was threatened by other whites for associating with the schools 25 blacks. (CQ Researcher; Phillips, Susan, 3) Are you ready for that make-over? Many white students, for example, believe that blacks now have equal access to a college education. . .
(CQ Researcher; Phillips, Susan, 4) Or do you think everyone is over reacting on this whole issue? A real issue some people have, concerns the police and reporters. Reporters often use the terms “alleged killing” and “alleged racism” in their columns. “Since when has a beheading been known as anything else other than murder. . . you dont accidentally behead someone.
. . ” (Media Watch; Boyce, Kesha) With the police “investigating whether this is a hate crime or not” has made many non-racists and African Americans quite angry. “Since when has two white men dousing a black man with gasoline and setting him on fire not been a hate crime. .
. ” (Media Watch; Boyce, Kesha) I just want you to know, as you are finishing reading this report-I did not write it to change your mind or make you biased in one way or another toward racism. I just wanted open your eyes to some of the disturbing things going on in your great nation, and possibly right in your own back yard, at your childs school, even in your workplace. Shootings happen everyday, but beheadings dont. If this is supposed to be the year when America and everybody is supposed to re-evaluate the “issues of race”…then what the heck is going on…” (Media Watch; Boyce, Kesha) Are your eyes open wide?