Racism In The Cafeteria

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In the United States, the problem of equality has never been more prevalent. Equality between race, age group and gender are some of the most common. One that really catches a lot of attention is race. The problem of race started when people from Africa were slave in the United States. Once President Abraham Lincoln free the slaves, the hatred towards the now free African Americans grew premensdly. This lead to segregation, and eventually the civil rights movement. The book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, discuss many topics regarding racism in the United States currently. One of the most interesting topics was the concept that racist is completely different from prejudice. Tatum …show more content…

A system in which one race (whites) are benefit and anyone of color are on a disadvantage. Tatum go into many examples in the book, such as “if a person of color is the victim of housing discrimination, the apartment that would otherwise have been rented to that person of color is still available for a White person” (Tatum 9). This kind of discrimination or system of advantage based on race are very harmful to the society. One because it lowers the moral of the race been discriminated but also misleads the race been benefited. The way on which the race that is discriminated is demoralized is that if the whole world is against you then why try. This type of mentally is visible from an early age, the classic saying “The white man is keeping me down” can yes be use as a way to describe the effect of discrimination but also as a way to justify the lack of motivation in the individual. This leads to a society in which less and less people are fighting to change the system and thus allowing it to continue. It also makes the gap between both races even larger. The problem of racism will continue to be a major problem in the United States for years to come. The most important part for solving a problem is realizing that there is a problem. As more and more people speak out of the matter the more awareness it will have and thus causing

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  • Explains that the problem of race in the united states has never been more prevalent. the book why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria? by beverly daniel tatum discusses racism.
  • Explains tatum's definition of racism as a system of advantages based on race.
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