When looking back at our country during the civil rights movement, many people are appalled at how people of color were being mistreated and hated for so long. In our society, today, people like to pride themselves in not being racist and being accepting of all different races and cultures. Although people like to think that they are not racist and that our society is entering a “post-racial” phase, the truth is that we are all somewhat subconsciously racist and to think that we will ever become a post-racial society is unrealistic. People may not believe that white privilege is a real issue but the truth is that it is real and it is happening in our country more than ever. Sadly, race still plays a huge and important role on how you are treated and looked at in this country, there are still people in our society who treat others differently simply because of how they look and because of the color of their skin.
Many racists are extremely ignorant and fail to realise that there are other religions and colours of skin other than their own, but this doesn't make a person bad or wrong. Freedom of speech is very important to all individuals, but it shouldn't be abused, as society has taken upon itself to do. Violence towards others however, is not a basic right. I don't believe that society should stand for thugs who decide it is okay to hit someone on the grounds of something as trivial as skin colour. This isn't socially, or morally, acceptable.
This has created awareness throughout the country, and everyone is aware of hate crimes that still occur in many parts of the country. This awareness is breaking people’s perspective of a nation where racial equality was considered with pride. The growth in people’s attitude has been helpful in the fact that white people are more empathetic and supportive of the problems faced by lower middle-class black people. However, this support has gone too far. There are many white people who post about hate crimes on social media, where they undermine their own race, in order to support other races.
Whites treated African Americans as if they were lesser beings. This racism and prejudice pervaded almost the entire country. While racism wasn’t nearly as bad in the North, it still existed in many places. For blacks, life during segregation was very difficult. Racism, which is bad enough, led to things much worse for African Americans.
For example Conrad says, "the thought of their humanity-like yours…Ugly" (Conrad). This just goes to show that when Conrad is compared to a black man he is discussed because he is racist. One reason we say the Europeans were racist was because they made the blacks be their slaves. The audience can see the people of color doing work for the white people and that just goes to show that they were racist. Women are discriminated throughout this book.
The white hatred for African-Americans can be seen in Du Bois’s article titled “Of Wealth and Work” in which he states, “Deeper was the call for workers. Black men poured in and red anger flamed in the hearts of the white workers” (Du Bois). The article expresses the profound hate that whites felt toward minority groups in urban areas such as St. Louis, Missouri. Through the leadership of people like Du Bois and the help of large, anti-discrimination organizations, minorities have progressed through time and have crushed many of the social barriers that once kept them
that is part of racism. Some ethnic groups don’t understand others so they automatically think they are better. The best way to fight racism is for a more critical scence for all people because the privilage of “whiteness” has made many whites either unable to talk about race or very uncomfortable doing so. we never hear people reflect on what it feels like and means to be white except for that irritating “angry white male talk.” Mostly for ethnic groups like Jews, Irish, Italions, who have been descriminated against on a basis of ethnicity. (Cornel West) Every one has had their shot at defining “race” Theologins had their shot for hundreds of years.
The Ewells on the other hand, follow the social norm, but are “poor white trash” of Maycomb. When Bob Ewell gets stabbed by Boo Radley, no one is the wiser and no one is sad or concerned about his death, even the sheriff. Lee shows that going the more difficult, but more “correct” choice will pay off in the end, even if everyone else does something else different.
Whether we all agree to it or not, there has been times when you have probably said something racist and didn’t even realize it. At some point you have had a thought that crossed your mind that you shouldn’t of even thought of. This goes for any race because I know other races think things about whites too. Juries are supposed to not be racist and are not allowed to have their personal opinions affecting the outcome of the decisions. But who is to say there personal opinion isn’t influencing them.
While many would like to argue they are not judgemental or discriminatory at all, this is usually not the case. It has become ingrained in humans’ minds to judge based on looks, and this is completely backwards and messed up. Tom Robinson is a victim of racism because of his unjust trial(Lee).He is held accountable for something he did not do or have any part of, because of his race. Similar things, however not as extreme, still happen today. Why can people get away with such things?