Persuasive Essay On Racism

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Every generation faces new challenges and new problems to which we have progressed, conquered or simply just swept right under the rug. In today’s world we are increasingly facing numerous social problems, such as income disparity, unemployment, political instability amongst many others, but racism seems to have resurfaced in these past years. Although, the United States has come a long way in the issue of racism, it has never completely conquered it. Incidents such the shooting at Ferguson Missouri has raised an upheaval of protesters against the Country’s system that claims equal treatment and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race or gender. Incidents such as the one previously mentioned, clearly depicts that white-power continues…show more content…
Board of Education court case and the enactment of the fourteenth amendment? The problem doesn’t solely lie on a system failure but also on the misconstrued ideas and beliefs that are inculcated in the minds of individuals since childhood. The system methodically segregates minorities into specific cities and regions, majority of which are impoverished neighborhoods. (Kornblum & Julian) This method interferes with the possibility of children coexisting amongst different races and ethnicities harmoniously, but instead reinforces the idea that whites are superior to others. Children are taught to fear blacks, because of the common stereotype of blacks being a dangerous underclass. And while whites enjoy superior education, minorities are left with underfunded, underachieving, poor schools, ensuring that they remain in poverty. In fact, research has proven that people of color were two (2) to three (3) more likely to inhabit in neighborhoods with commercial landfills that release toxic waste, severely affecting their health…show more content…
Although the United States system is based on the connotation of innocent until proven guilty and justice being blind to things such as race, ethnicity or social class (Kornblum & Julian), evidence proves otherwise. Racially discriminatory sentencing in non-capital cases demonstrated that young, black and Latino males receive a much harsher sentence, especially if unemployed compared to white offenders. The race of the victim also dictates the sentence. If the victim is white, than the black offender is much more likely to receive a harsher sentence than blacks who commit crimes against blacks. If the murdered victim is white, the offender has higher probabilities of receiving the death penalty (The Sentencing Project). Race is an indisputable factor in the sentencing process and teaches that black lives are not as important as those of
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