Racism in America

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Racism has always been the same. It never changed. The term racism firstly exposes racial differences, then hate, discrimination and prejudice, lack of knowledge, hurt, tears and negative stereotype. This is an essay about racism in the US. Therefore I will explain what one of the biggest challenges in the world – racism – is and figure out when it occurred in the United States by traveling back in time of the American history. First of all what is racism? There is no need to discuss neither talk more about this topic with zero knowledge about racism. So basically the definition of racism is: American Heritage College Dictionary, racism has two meanings. Firstly, racism is, “The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.” For example when the history of slavery started and was practiced throughout America in the 17th and 18th centuries. Secondly, racism is, “Discrimination or prejudice based on race.” This happens everywhere. Racism is not just a fashion that came and will go away. No, we have known the existence of racism since way back in the time. When people had no school attendance, the mothers stayed at home, and the husbands went to work and came home in the evening. The time when countries were taken over by others with force and power. Remember slavery? The horrible time when the «white man» bashed on earth. At that time Africa was a developing country and they still are, and because they thought that a black man was the devils work, they used them as slaves. Can you do that because you are different from them? How far can we actually go back in time to where racism started? Or di... ... middle of paper ... ...against them and it seems that the Hispanics are taking over white Anglo-American society according to racists. Two of the movies presented in class which had Latin American theme were «Spanglish» and “A better life”. Though “Spanglish” was not about racism instead it was about letting go of fear, cultural differences and language, next to “A better life” which had couple scenes of prejudices and stereotypes. For example when the police officer was sure the young boy had tattoos that indicated him being a part of a street gang, and wanted him to take off his shirt for evidence. In short we can say that racism was never born, it was taught, according to Denis Leary. I think it means that racism is a learned attitude. That those who live in surroundings or in situations where racism is putt up with and accepted, are eventually going to display some form of them.
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