Throughout history, we watch our leaders speak about issues that are harming our country. In "Letter From Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr. and "A More Perfect Union" by Barack Obama, both speakers acknowledge the problems caused by race. Racism is the belief that characteristics and abilities can be brought on to people simply based on their race, also that some racial groups are “superior” to others. Racism and discrimination have been used as powerful weapons in the past as well as current time, encouraging fear or even hatred of others in times of conflicts and wars. The color of our skin and our backgrounds should not determine how our peers treat us, or how we are treated in places such as work etc.
Racism is the mistreatment of a group of people on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, place of origin, or ancestry. The term racism may also denote a blind and unreasoning hatred, envy, or prejudice (Dimensions of Racism). Racism has had a strong effect on society. Despite the many efforts made to alleviate racism, what is the future of African Americans' Racism's long history, important leaders, current status, and future outlook will be the main factors in determining how to combat racism. Racism is still present in many societies, although many people are doing their best to put an end to racism and its somewhat tragic ordeals.
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.
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.
Marriage is about love and love knows no race, religion or GENDER! The topic of same sex marriages have been in the headlines for quite a while now. There is no wrong or right side of this issue but there are advocates and adversaries. If a marriage is “supposed” to be about nothing but a partnership between two people that are better together than apart, why exclude homosexuals from being happy? Same sex marriages should not be banned because it is untraditional; but should be recognized like any other marriage involves love and it might be different but we all should be recognized as equals.
Affirmative Action never allows us to but the mistakes of our past behind us, rather it continues to stir issues of race to the surface and in the center of our mind. One can not move forward when focused on the past. Now to be clear, I am not a racist. I truly believe in the founding ideals of Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I believe all individuals are created equal.
Throughout history, the fight for racial equality has been a huge problem with no real solution. For decades, the journey for African Americans to obtain their natural human rights has been a challenge. Some people believe that racial equality is based on an individual’s race, color, nationality, or ethnicity but it is merely based on the fact that there should be fair treatment and opportunity for all people. The Supreme Court impacted the struggle towards racial equality on their decisions in two major court cases: Brown vs. ...
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.
Americans of all class, gender, and race have been fighting for and protecting the country for the words the nation stands by. They are not jus... ... middle of paper ... ...t that to achieve equal rights, there needs to be a change in the political system. In order to provide equality of rights, the Voting Rights Act (1965) was established. The transition from the “struggle for human rights” to equality did not have any clear boundaries. Justice was not completely exercised because most laws contradicted the principles America was built upon.
I am well aware of the oppression that has faced many people of color in our society. I did learn a great deal about how our government is to blame for the racial segregation in our society. America has a history of placing laws and policies on non-whites, thus making it extremely hard for them to live a well-balanced life. I thought it was interesting that immigrants were far more likely to work in mining and industrial jobs than whites. I feel as though this a trend that continues today in America, thus it is evident that we still exclude certain ethnic groups in our society.