Discrimination that assumes one race is better than another race and environment that serves different treatment for each race can be said as an implementation of racism. For example, the clearest irregular border between races happened in educational and economic opportunity, politic, health, and social mobility of people in US in 1920s. Racism definitely gave impacts to the human life, especially to the race that felt directly discriminated and distinct treat in their environment. Even if they have struggled to get equal treatment and opportunity especially during economics stringent times, society does not even care and keep the stratification exist. This condition leads to self-esteem decreases of black race because they are forced to feel that they are no way better than another race.
Racism in Our Society For years there has been a separation amongst the races in which some whites felt superior to minorities. Growing up one has always taught from the jump, just what racial profiling is and who it is mostly categorized with. Being a child, one could never imagine how soon reality would set in. In the case of African-Americans during the Civil Rights Era, the most common opinion of them was that they were less than human. "The Recoloring of Campus Life," by Shelby Steele analyzes these theories and gives real life experiences of what he had endured growing up and what this generation of college students is dealing with.
The loss of jobs for white Americans has opened the floodgates of protest. The mere suggestion of a reformation of the civil rights result has caused a rising distrust in the black American community towards the politics involved. What black Americans don’t see, Horner believes, is the misplacement of under qualified participants in overwhelming situations. The need to fill race quotas has put under qualified applicants in positions at places of employment; therefore, making it harder, if not impossible, for the employee to receive promotions. The placement of a person in a university based solely on the color of their skin has caused “a college dropout rate for blacks of almost two-thirds” (Horner 150).
Literature Review: The reason affirmative action is necessary in some parts of in American society is because of the historical significance of racism that embodies American history. As a result, minorities as well as women in the employment industry, and educational system have suffered for not meeting such “requirements”. Often times institutional racism is subtle, unconscious, and rationalize on the basis of nonracial criteria, and does not take the form of overt discrimination like individual racism (McClain, 8 & Crosby, 95). Thus, universities and places of employment may be operating in a manner that is unfair to minorities and women, and may not necessarily be aware of it. In a random sample study of 244 managers, it was found that they characterized female managers more negatively than they did the males, and they assumed that women are unsuited to the rough and tumble world of high-status jobs (Crosby, 101).
Dee Johnson is no different, and she is intent on proving her superiority to the oppressed and uneducated Black American. The contribution of the African heritage movement to Dee’s elitist personality is manifested in her decision to change her name to Wangero: “ ‘She’s [Dee] dead…I couldn’t bear any ... ... middle of paper ... ...t. Many young intellects become entrapped by the lifestyle of the university, and therefore lose touch with their past and their true identity. This problem is compounded when the gap between the intellect of the parent and the child is immense. Prior to the 1960’s, many believed that following in the footsteps of their family was the best course of action. In total contrast, the generation of the 1960’s and generations since believe that the wisest course of action is to separate themselves from their past.
Life Lessons in Maya Angelou's Graduation Throughout life we go through many stepping stones, Maya Angelou's autobiographical essay "Graduation", was about more than just moving on to another grade. The unexpected events that occurred during the ceremony enabled her to graduate from the views of a child to the more experienced and sometimes disenchanting views of an adult. Upon reading the story there is an initial feeling of excitement and hope which was quickly tarnished with the abrupt awareness of human prejudices. The author vividly illustrates a rainbow of significant mood changes she undergoes throughout the story. From the outset of the story there is an overwhelming sense of hope that has enveloped the entire community and school with the upcoming graduation.
There are African American students who criticize those pertaining to their race for having good grades, behaving well in class, and making education a priority. Fourteen year old Kareema Matthews from Harlem states “she’s black… and she wants to act like something she’s not” (Gregory, 45). Stating the obvious at this point, the history of African Americans has always been noticeably unjust causing people of color to mistrust and doubt the good intentions of the Whites. From the history of slavery, to the neglectance of civil and human rights, African Americans now have to face remaining loyal to their ethnic group and not becoming astray and choosing to “act white”: “She’s trying to be white. That’s why nobody likes her” (Gregory, 45).
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.
Ehrenreich lastly states, “guilt doesn’t go anywhere far enough; the appropriate emotion is shame- shame at our dependency, in this case, on the underpaid labor of others” (221). She brings in an appeal to emotions of guilt and shame in her readers. She wants her readers to feel ashamed for treating the working class without respect. No one in society understands that the low-wagers job is what keeps America alive, if it wasn’t for the low wage class, there wouldn’t be restaurants servers, home care services, cashiers, etc. Society takes advantage of the little things life offers and Ehrenreich wants her audience to feel empathy towards their actions and to realize the low-wage workers are not society’s outcasts.
The play demonstrates how hypocrite the people is when referring to the topic of minorities and discrimination, as it shows Oz saying that the play was extremely racist and the only way to make it not racist is if the writer would be African American. When he acknowledge that Tracy have created the play, he still thinks that the idea is crazy and even more racist. In Reynolds’ play he expresses that racisms is still part of our society because people treat different those minorities. As Tracy says, the fact that in college institutions people have to take classes as “Black Studies” or “Women Studies” indicate the notion of a society who have not overcome the differences in race or gender. In this sense, the play shows that in today’s society there is a need of consciousness about how to treat minorities to not offend them or pass them over.