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.
The prejudice against black people dates a long way back into the history of the ancestors of the present day blacks and when the first came to the USA, as slaves. Although slavery was abolished black people were still frequently treated as second-class citizens and gave seemed to still have an image that meant they were not as superior as the whites. They were segregated on public transport and at various public places and constantly faced the humiliation of being put down by the whites. Racism occurs all over the world and can happen to anyone and will always exist, because people will always be prejudice. For some it may not be their fault, it may be the way they were brought up, or perhaps they had bad experiences themselves.
From Segregation to Racism During the 20th century there was segregation and racism in the United States. Many people believe these times are over but there is still an extreme amount of racism going on in the country today. During the 1900’s, leaders of all races (Black, Hispanics and whites) were fighting for equality. The majority of the black population was fighting for civil rights,better education, anti-lynching laws and equal opportunities. Jim crow laws, The KKK, and the horrible treatment towards minorities led to the continuance of racism in the country.
Racism and prejudice has been present in almost every civilization and society throughout history. Even though the world has progressed greatly in the last couple of decades, both socially and technologically, racism, hatred and prejudice still exists today, deeply embedded in old-fashioned, narrow-minded traditions and values. Racism is a case of ‘misplaced hate’ and ignorance, being not only discriminatory, but also seemingly foolish with disregard of all human commonsense. Why does racism still exist in today’s world? If it still occurs, has the world really progressed at all?
Unconscious racism is when the offender disadvantages another based on race without being out right racist to the person. From not giving a job to a person based on the color of their skin to calling out the president for not being born in the country, racism effects people at all status levels. Starting when the first settlers arrived to internment camps to modern day unconscious racism, racism has token many forms and changes according to the time. The key factors that help unconscious racism thrive in our society are the changes to the policy that determine what is a racist act, the formations of stereotype through the concentration of ethnic groups population, and the negative effects of Affirmative action all played a part. For many years blacks and other minority groups have been suffering sentencing disparity in courts throughout the country.
It is also evident that some individuals in the black community have established this image for themselves, which led to the police becoming their worst enemy. This is relevantly shown through different litigations that have occurred or are still occurring today. Due to the fact that there has been a lot of discrimination against the African American community over the years, changes should be brought in the justice system where cases involving individuals from these communities could be handled very delicately. Some issues that will provide insight on how government officials have shown their racism towards black individuals and how these issues could have been resolved include the critical race litigation of R.D.S and of Trayvon Martin, and contradictory to that will be the South African case of Mido Macia which evidently caught Canadian officials attention (CBC News, 2013) and portrayed their affection towards the Afri... ... middle of paper ... ...ws.yahoo.com/george-zimmerman-free-man-032100021.html. Schneider, M. (2013).
For most of America’s history, “white supremacy” has been used as an umbrella term to describe white discrimination against people of color, particularly black Americans. This term was mainly used during slavery as well as during the abolition of slavery. However, although this term was used in the past it is still very much prevalent in modern society within the United States. Therefore, being under the constant scrutiny of racism in America, black individuals face the direct consequence of struggling with their identity. The pre-existing notions of normalcy within white America have a direct influence on how the black community views themselves in regards to their identity.
From the view of non-whites, it often seems as racism to them. As the third party from another country, I also can see non-whites get less advantages comparing to the whites in the U.S. There is a need to define racism from broader perspectives. The term racism should be considered to mean the advantages that majority gets from their positions and disadvantages that people of color experience through the white privilege. People generally know that Racism means a discrimination based on race.
One theme theme that was prevalent throughout many of the course readings was the constant theme of oppression. This was evident throughout various pieces of works that were written in various time periods. Some argue that the oppression that plagued many of American’s during America’s early years is no longer an issue. However, that claim is not true it is just disguised in different manners and towards different people. Thus the oppression that has plagued many Americans still exists today.
It can be said that in America, racism started during the colonial and the slave era where conflicts were mostly based on race. There are other countries in the world that have also practiced racism in their structure for instance South Africa where apartheid was the system running the country and also in Germany when Hitler was killing the Jews. The 21st century shows hope in countries where racism has been the center issue for a long time which is America (George 2). In this day and age the racism has gone down a notch and this can be said so by the country having an African American president. Racism is still an issue however and awareness is the only way in which to alert the citizens and anyone in the country to know about how to treat their fellow