Racism in America

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Racism is defined by dictionary.com as '1. A belief or doctrine that inherent differences between the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. 2. a policy, system of government, etc., based on or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. 3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.' The first is most appropriate to use for my purposes, as it most general, and defines what i ill be analyzing. The basic problem of racism starts with the idea that there is something different between different races. Though it is an irrational thought, it is a very common one, that can seem unavoidable. We are all taught that we were all created equal, so the idea that one group is inferior to another goes against something that many people stress, and is an important point in many religions. For the most part, humans like the idea of being equal to everyone else. So why do we discriminate against people of different ethnic backgrounds? Racial discrimination is still a big part in today's society. This problem has many causes, and many things that perpetuate it. Though progress is being made in many ways, there are also many ways were racism is getting worse. Race relations have changed dramatically, and can now be so different as to be opposite of their original state. Racism is taking place against all groups of people, though it is not always recognized as racism. Media plays a big role, but ultimately it Tingle 2 draws back to childhood experiences, and just being human. Race relations are constantly changing, and should stop being an issue at some point, though that point is unpredictable, and will depe... ... middle of paper ... ...w of any plausible solution, to find one I would have to do a lot more research and find more studies seeing how people respond to certain actions taken. Works Cited Allport, Gordon Willard The nature of Prejudice Addison Wesley 1979 American Psychological Association online. http://www.apa.org/pubinfo/affirmaction.html Bailey, Malissa "Judge orders firefighters promotions" Article online www.newhavenindipendent.org Bronson, Po &Marryman, Ashlee See baby discriminate article Newsweek sep. 14, 2009 pg 53-60 Chan, Sue Realities of Reverse Racism online article www.cbsnews.com Cosby, Bill & Poussaint, Alvin F. Come on People Dictionary.com McConahay, John B. The Modern Racism Scale Rock, Chris "How to not get your ass kicked by the police" Wilson, Clint C. et al Modern Racism, sexism, and the media: the rise of class communications in multicultural America

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