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Racism Vs Racism

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Throughout history, we watch our leaders speak about issues that are harming our country. In "Letter From Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr. and "A More Perfect Union" by Barack Obama, both speakers acknowledge the problems caused by race. Racism is the belief that characteristics and abilities can be brought on to people simply based on their race, also that some racial groups are “superior” to others. Racism and discrimination have been used as powerful weapons in the past as well as current time, encouraging fear or even hatred of others in times of conflicts and wars. The color of our skin and our backgrounds should not determine how our peers treat us, or how we are treated in places such as work etc. Racial segregation is also a very large problem in the world. Martin Luther King Jr. grew up to be an African American spokesperson, defended African rights, and inspired people to protest for their rights. Many people are not aware of how much racism still exists in our schools, workforces, and every other part of society. Racism is the outcome of discrimination or preference for or against a person or institution based solely on their race.
Racial segregation is the separation of humans into racial groups. Racial segregation may apply to activities such as eating, drinking, attending places such as school, the movies, riding on a bus, or even in the rental or purchase of a home. Racial segregation is generally outlawed and although racial problems have slowly diminished they do still exist. There are many ideas as to how racism began. Before people were able to travel and experience difference groups of people, they mostly stayed in the same area with the same kind of people (same race of people). People feared thing...

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...liminated certain aspects of not necessarily segregation but racism. The fact that racism played such a large role in Obamas election and campaign is proof that racism has yet to be completely eliminated for our society and country today. Many people were assuming Obama won because he got what they called the "black vote" which is sad to hear because that means people think Obama was elected solely based on the color of his skin instead of his thoughts on how to change our country and make it a "More Perfect Union”.
Although Racism does still exist in our world today, it has decreased drastically. African Americans do face a high percentage of discrimination. We can eliminate and remove racism by treating everyone by the same standards. The primary goal is to make the people of our country more aware of the racial issues in our world and give ideas on how to fix.
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