They claimed that they were scared and felt they might have been attacked or even killed (88). This is a legitimate excuse in a white American society that perpetuates negative images of African Americans. Whites have come to believe that their life is in danger every time they’re confronted with a black person and that some how their life is worth more than a black person’s life. Their fear and their bias is a manifestation of a deep-rooted media bias that anything black is bad and anything white is pure and good. This media bias has also been illustrated in the Susan Smith cas... ... middle of paper ... ...image we have seen, read, heard and ultimately come to believe of Malcolm X which is far from the truth.
The increased media attention on race and inequal has given rise to the white privilege a hot topic issue in western society. Racism has served to make people feel less than others whom have power due to who they are as they have no control, causing them to fear for their life due to being targets of issues as their civil rights are taken away. White privilege is a power that is going unrecognized within the Western society. People who are not aware of this are not on the other side of the issue which is what our society suffers from. The people who notice these prerogative are majority people who are colored as they feel excluded regardless how “diverse” society claims to be.
In the beginning of the story, the narrator’s grandfather says that the only way to make racism become extinct that African Americans should be overly nice to whites. The Exhorter named Ras had different beliefs of the blacks rising up to the whites and take power from the whites. Even though these thoughts come from the black community to take the freedom from the whites, the stories reveals that the are just as dangerous as the whites being racist. The narrator has such a hard time throughout the whole story exploring his identity. While doing so, it demonstrates how so many blacks are betraying their race because the have such a hard time dealing with it.
In fact, where Malcolm underestimated the goodness in whites, King seems to have overestimated it. He talks about his overestimating of goodness in "Letter from Birmingham Jail." "I guess I should have realized that few members of a race that has oppressed another race can understand...the deep groans and passionate yearnings of those that have been oppressed" (244).... ... middle of paper ... ... Malcolm X and Martin Luther King were fighting for the same cause, racism. Although their views on white Americans, which affected their methods of approach, were originally different, both activists came to realize that not all whites can be classified as good or bad. They began to see that, instead of discouraging whites from helping, they could use eager whites to create more of an impact within the white communities.
Many organizations banned the racism, and the laws against racism have been established and modified throughout the history. However, when it comes to discussing the racism, it is still controversial. Especially, between majority and minority, their view of deciding whether it is racism or not is very different. Whites do not realize that they have been getting unfair advantages implicitly from the society, which can be described as white privilege. From the view of non-whites, it often seems as racism to them.
The white Americans dictated black Americans to live a certain way of life, instilling fear with their dominance. The highlighted portion has been directly taken from voices.yahoo without the necessary acknowledgement, quotation marks, and citations, which means that this has been plagiarized. It was common for the Blacks to accept their inferior role, where as for Richard Wright, it was just the opposite and paraded more frustration towards the black Americans for having a passive reaction. Slavery may have been abolished, but with restrictions on the quality of life put towards blacks, it was a birth for segregation. The social impact of white domination over blacks is clearly portrayed throughout Ethics of Living Jim Crow.
The blacks fear what they perceive as white dominance of the workplace, these fears lead to conflict. The outcome of this conflict in modern America is an imbalance; a racism against the whites of America that spreads like wildfire on a hot July day. A perfect example is the recent story about Clippers owner David Stern who made some comments about being around black people. I am in no way defending him but I would just like to note that had a black man said that about a white person it would have been a mute point, no one would have cared. However the blacks fear that comment thus it becomes a story.
This is due to the discriminatory community deceiving the rest of society, causing them to become blind to the injustice that oppression is bringing upon minorities. Deceit is first seen through the use of propaganda in society. By stating “win greater happiness with a whiter complexion” on a sign, advocates against equality are convincing the rest of society to believe that being anything other than white will bring displeasure in life (Ellison 262). By doing this, the discriminators successfully use scare tactics as leverage to gain supporters. Ellison also shows deceit through the Brotherhood when they become a prominent group in the fight for equality.
The Psychological Effect of Racism Racism is still a very prominent yet controversial topic in the United States today. Discrimination in the United States dates back to the 1500s when America was first founded. As generations passed, it has become a social norm to believe that darker skin tones are less desirable to society. The foundation of this country was built upon the false impression that Whites were superior to not just blacks, but all other ethnicities. From this, the idea of white privilege was derived and is still prevalent in society today.
He also went on to mention that 2/3 of the white people who were alive during the civil right movement thought that Martin Luther King was doing too much at the wrong time, and that it was just not appropriate. I agree with Wise because as an African American I can attest to the fact that as black male there is this invisible road block that you have to hurdle over in order to be considered in the same area as whites. Like Wise was explaining having that one thing to sweat in society what can determine whether one will be successful or not. If you are a white student who struggles in school it becomes a big deal and help is immediately needed to take care of the problem because you are said to have that potential no matter your class. But if you are an African American male it is different.