This essay is tasked with assessing racial inequalities in society and, the way in which they can be rectified, or at the very least, lessened. Through the examination of racial stressors, lower education rates and an investigation of equal rights history we can attempt to determine the root causes of these issues and begin a process of integrating a profound sense of equality into society. Through a more upfront and direct dialogue with survivors of racial biases and those that continue to adhere to ignorant ideas which have become the basis for our everyday lives. In addressing everyday racism through to exceedingly more malicious ideas which minority groups begin to feel oppressed by, we can hope to achieve a greater respect for the everyday
People of color are now protected under the law; they are entitled to equal opportunities with the white. On the other hand, there are people who appear to overdo their observance of equality. When they are supposed to disregard color in their selection practices, they tend to place applicants from ethnic minorities in their preferred list, which of course is not fair for the white. Yes, it does bring good results, but it is not ethical. Affirmative action in itself is racist.
Dilemma 1: Clash of racial realities; where racial perceptions of people of color differ markedly from those of whites. White Americans believe that minorities are doing better, that discrimination is declining, and that racism is not a significant factor anymore however, minorities, on the other hand, perceive whites as racially insensitive, believing they are superior, and treat them poorly because of their race. Dilemma 2: the invisibility of unintentional expressions of bias; research continues to confirm the existence of unconscious racial biases in well-intentioned whites and that nearly everyone born in America inherits the racial biases of the society. According to this finding, microaggressions would occur when whites would pretend not to notice differences, thereby justifying that "color" was not involved at all, in any of the actions taken. Dilemma 3: perceived minimal harm of racial microaggressions; where/when people of color are told to stop overreacting and to just let it go and so they are encouraged to not waste any time or effort on them.
One example of this is that white prejudice leads to blacks being discriminated against. The conditions black are left in lead them to make the white prejudice even stronger and this cycle is what keeps the inequality consistent. The other one of this is that “employees have a taste for discrimination”. The third major theory is the structural discrimination and with this inequality is caused by the disadvantage in the social structure. The author also puts forth his own theory and that is internal colonialism.
Racism is a problem that plagues our nation today. People fall into categories of groups usually based upon ethnicity and race. Sociologists study the behavior of individuals in different groups. The minority group is referred to as the group which they are being discriminated upon. The majority group is considered to be doing all the discriminating.
Citizens receive a more enhanced treatment by doctors for a smaller price. For example, if a patient comes into a health clinic with something as little as a broken bone or stitches they will receive excellent care for an affordable price or even better, no price at all (Public Healthcare Service, 2014). Individuals have the luxury of accessing any hospital or medical clinic with no hassles. This means they have a variety of choices as to where they can go for medical services without being denied treatment. They also receive great benefits on prescription drugs and other medical products.
The author also presents the argument of 'cultural pluralism', which states that positive benefits come form having varieties in cultural experiences. An arguement presented against Affirmative action is that often times people of a certain race or sex aren't as qualified as white males for the same positions. An additional arguement to cultural pluralism is that it excludes white males. It seems that in order for one group to benefit another must be disadvantaged. This disadvantage the author calls a reverse discrimination.
Becker describes, “discrimination in the market place by any group reduces their own real incomes as well as those of the minority”. (127) Discrimination affects our economy both directly and indirectly. New York Times wrote an article that describes discrimination as a form of economic inefficiency. Having people in positions that they are not qualified to handle just because they fit the mold while having more talented people of the minority groups not being promoted because they did not fit the mold. There are gifted people with skills that they are not given the opportunity to share and allow society to benefit from their knowledge.
The idea of racism is gained from the word race and it is believed that one ethnic or racial group is low-ranked to another and the unequal treatments is therefore done for. The educational discussions aims to push the level of understanding of our Party in the fight against racism. This fight is a challenge to the Party.
Black philosophy and race theory proves to be an essential component of society through the writings of figures such as Charles Mills and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Throughout the course of history, the black community has experienced the effects of racism through personal encounters, as well as an entire race as a whole. The ideology of black philosophy provides a perspective that counteracts with the views of white philosophy specifically through the Cartesian and Ellisonian sums, which view basic principles of life with a different perspectives. The separation of values between the white and black communities has contributed to modern day issues of racism that exist in society. The concept of white philosophy or racism has subsidized the discrimination of the black community both socially as a race and singularly through personal accounts.