The unfair privilege that minorities get through affirmative action cases racial tensions in the community. Racial tension is the key factor towards racism, the only why for our society to deal with this tension are to get rid of the source of the problem. But to do this is a huge problem based on the way this country has dealt with the problem previously, and the already huge amount of racial tension globally.
Most people in US are either descendants of immigrants or immigrants and identification using one’s race is not essential because it makes individuals from other races uncomfortable. Multiculturalism in the US can be comforting to individuals from other countries because it makes it difficult for an individual to easily identify the cultural practices of the Native Americans. Americans should not be identified based on their race because of the barbaric acts associated with racism. Individuals born in America should not identify by race before the word “American” because of the implication of such mechanism of identification to the society. Identification of an individual based on their race promotes racism, which entails individuals from a particular race viewing their race as better compared to the others.
The phrase” yes we can “by Obama help the minorities to believe that there is nothing impossible if we work hard. Racial inequality still affecting immigrants in the United States and we sometime don’t realize it. There are lot immigrants with master degree but some people assume that they are criminal because they skin color or race. It is unfair to judge people by the color, language or place of
History showed white had a record of racism against some racist that came in the u.s or brought against their will. Racism is something people describe other people because they tend to believe something about a group of people, most likely they usually had the unexpected of what they believe. Racism is the big problem that keep the country moving forward because we as a nation we cannot accept ourselves as one, but we tend to believe some of us are better than others. For example, Haiti and Dominican Republic are in the same island Hispaniola, but those nations are not getting. Hatred exists among those groups, why?
In spite of this, what America actually celebrates is harshly debated. America likes to say that is prides it self on being “multiculturalists”, yet Mukherjee points out that even multiculturalism, “leads to a lack of respect for individual differences within each group.” (358) The idea of multiculturalism seems like a good idea, but this is rather not true since the idea of multiculturalism, “implies the existence of a central culture.” (Mukherjee 358) Much of the unjustified discrimination in America comes from people from other cultures not fitting into the “central culture” that the US seems to have adopted. This has led to an “us” vs. “them” mentality (Mukherjee 359) in America. Many people in America seem to rely on discrimination since they don’t like the idea of America’s culture changing. However like Mukherjee states America shouldn’t be afraid of the culture changing and instead should embrace that America’s culture is “constantly reforming.” (Mukherjee 359) I hope like the author that one there will be less discrimination towards immigrants.
I treat others respectably because although there are some whites that believe in outdated notions that they are the superior race, there are those that are respectable and considerate of others. There are white Americans that care for the less privileged and abused people of the world, so I have slowly drifted from my preconceived thought that a healthy and respectful relationship couldn’t be established with someone from a different race than my own. But currently I feel that discrimination between different racial groups is rising in America due to the offensive messages that are being broadcast nationally from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He exclusively uses illegal immigrants from Mexico as scapegoats for American crimes and denounces various other races. His backward notions are in the national headlines practically every day, the progress this country has made to attempt racial equality seems to be depleting thanks to him.
The article The new threat: “Racism without racists” does a good job at explain how bias people are when it comes to racism. Even though racism still exists today we should not let that define us and affect the society that we live in. The author puts his emphasis on three themes that I agree with and how it relates to the racism we have going on today. The first theme is “I don’t see color”. The overall purpose of the theme is letting the audience know that this is a phrase that is often used by white people when they are involved in a racial conversation.
Programs that states are now voting to do away with. These states are labeled as “racist states” by many, but what people do not look into is why many communities are moving past the past by abolishing affirmative action. Equality can only be achieved one way, by unconditionally meeting a set of equal standards. As states and organizations began moving in this direction, it was in hopes that the transformative aspirations of a newly elected Black president could help deliver the nation to a post racial society secure enough within themselves to embrace ethnicity over racial differences. As it would turn out, this ideology was ephemeral at best; if it ever truly existed in the president to begin with.
To an extent, many citizens believe that racial discrimination continues to be a significant issue in America today. This nation has had an appalling history with the past ownership of slaves and segregation. However, the addition of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth amendments and the Civil Right Acts has corrected this misjudgment. Randall Kennedy describes the people as wanting to “escape the gravitational pull of the country’s ugly racial past”, which shows the effort to reduce and eliminate racial prejudices (240). Even though discrimination still occurs occasionally on an individual basis, people label it as a problem of this whole country.
Minority groups don’t deserve the advantages they get and majority groups have done nothing to be stuck with the disadvantages that they have to work around. All of this leads to the same point: affirmative action should be phased out. Although affirmative action was originally instituted for very important reasons – to ensure diversity in universities and workplaces as a remediation for historically disadvantaged groups – the benefits of affirmative action are outweighed by the injustice it causes and its ineffectiveness to accommodate today’s needs for all ethnic groups. According to Reshetnivov, affirmative action is the means of considering underrepresented characteristics, such as race, sex, ethnicity, and sexual orientation, to determine admission into a university (Reshetnivov). Affirmative action policies were instituted not only to ensure diversity, but to right the wrong of decades of discrimination and to help minorities by giving them extra opportunities (Messerli).