Dinesh D’Souza‘s assertion that racial discrimination against African Americans has diminish due to culture rather than racism is contradicted by Derrick Bell argument that “black people will never gain full equality in this country”. Derrick firmly feels that a meticulous examination of African American and Caucasian associations supports that racism is a permanent feature of American society. Both Derrick and Dinesh made valid points and used examples throughout history to get their point across. Although both made valid points, I agree, and maintain that racism still exist in modern society. Growing up I have witnessed racism with my own eyes and have personally went through it.
In order for them to achieve this, the white southerners came up with the Jim Crow laws to prevent the African Americans from achieving their god given right of being free and equal. This did not end the African hope of becoming equal. After many years of mistreatment, African Americans knew that change in society was necessary. The members of the black population have been enslaved, beaten, abused, neglected and just taken advantage of, since the end of the civil war, even into present times, African Americans have struggled for equality and rights that white Americans often take for granted. Arguably, no post-war struggle was larger or more significant than the movement to eliminate the Jim Crow laws from existence in the South.
Even though the United States government tried to put laws into the Constitution to protect black people, the African Americans were discriminated in every aspect of life from housing, working, educating, and even going to public restrooms! The United States did not just ignore the problem between the blacks and the whites in America. First of all after the Civil war, the United States made it so states did not have the right to secede. They also concentrated on the wealthy people and the industry going on in the north. And for the African Americans, the United States abolished slavery and gave citizenship to blacks.
Furthermore, in his writing he shows the people the reasons behind the acceptance of a race who has had such an important role in organizing and structuring the consequences of the culture and present of the nation. Surprisingly, the black people have never been accepted in the United States- have they? If yes, then why is the discrimination and avoidance still in people? Why do people judge skin tone and not ability and virtue? The author tries to put his empathy today the people who are not black, but are drowned in racism.
Great leaders such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. fought against racism and discrimination. However, African-Americans were not the only ones being discriminated against. Immigrants have also been discriminated against. Mexican-American immigrants are discriminated against. Many of them are not granted citizenship and therefore they are not given opportunity to work and have a better life.
protection, and the ballot for black men, but left women out. This shows how the United States and the government have been more concerned about race in America than gender. This specifically connects to the fact that gender discriminations are not going to change in the United States. There are still huge problems with discrimination of race in the United States, and it is obvious that, that has been a major priority over gender in the past. Men are raised and brought up to believe that they are superior to women.
Derick Bell racism shapes American society as a whole today. Derrick Bell believes that discrimination is practiced indiscriminately on a day to day basis. Whites are ready to applaud and idolize black athletes and entertainers, but refuse to hire or even work in the same place/team with a black person. Derrick Bell is for the issue of racism being a permanent feature of American society and will not change. Issue 11 “Did Hurricane Katrina expose racism in America?“ article talks whether or not did hurricane
Since this law has been passed many things have changed but I firmly believe we have not one the fight against civil rights. When hearing the words civil rights many people automatically think of racism but if you read the Civil Rights Act of 1964 it does not just state race but it also clearly states religion, sex, of national origin. So where are we in the fight of civil rights? In the ideal of civil rights when it comes to being judged by race Americans have made huge steps in the right direction, but we still have miles and miles to go. A large source of the racism present in our society stems from one's pride in his or her own race.
There is a system of advantages and disadvantages that operates American Society with the White community on top of minorities. In the Newspaper, “Blacks Remain Victims of Racist Stereotypes: Minority Report” James E. Alsbrook describes how slavery diminished the view African Americans and brought many disadvantages to them. Paul Laurence Dunbar was an African American writer who was looked upon because he was not white. Alsbrook sees unnatural for African Americans to mistreat through the ideals of white supremacy. In the article, “Nature and Environmental Justice” Mei Mei Evans believes that white supremacy had a large impact in what is natural in society.
But not everyone believed in white superiority, but in equality. There were multiple groups for and against this type of segregation. “The National Association for the Advancement of Colored... ... middle of paper ... ...rnment cared about the deaths and segregation that was currently happening at that time. As the years went on, African Americans were cared about less and less, and hated more and more. The Jim Crow laws were discriminating to African Americans because they received unfair punishments, no one cared about the African American’s opinions, and they replaced slavery with laws that encouraged racial inequality.