Racism in America

analytical Essay
1238 words
1238 words

However, Norman Podhoretz, a white man, had the opposite problem. Growing up in a neighborhood that was heavily populated by African Americans in Brooklyn, he was tormented numerous times. Going through the hardship of being white in an African American community, he lived, and still continues to live in fear of them. In an article Padhoretz wrote, “My Negro Problem- and ours,” he said he never understood why the two races were enemies, why they had so much hatred towards one another, but it was clear that the two did not like each other. He suffered abuse from the blacks on many occasion, but never told anyone because he didn’t want to be patronized by the blacks again. “Negros were tougher than we [whites] were, more ruthless and on the whole they were better athletes… And I still hated them with all my heart.” He goes on saying the reasons why he hates African Americans. There is a point in the article where he explains that he does always remember hating them. “There was a kindergarten in the local public school… I have no memory of being aware of color differences at that age, and I know from observing my own children that they attribute no significance to such differences even when they begin noticing them.” Padhoretz continues on by discussing the experiences that he encountered that lead to the hatred of blacks and why he associates bad things with people of color. In an African American point of view, prejudging them solely based on their skin color is unfair. Padhoretz is a primary example of the fact that some races will not look past the color of someone’s skin. In Brent Staples’s 1986 essay, “Black Men and Public Spaces,” he shares that he experienced numerous episodes like that all of the time. One time, while walkin... ... middle of paper ... ...iddle East makes you a terrorist plotting to hijack planes. Being of Hispanic decent makes you an illegal immigrant working for minimum wage. These are just a few of the stereotypical views whites have against others. Segregation was abolished, yet some towns are still separated by race. America has gotten better over the years, especially within the last sixty. Some still believe that it is going to be a long time until everyone gains full equality. It is not right for one to be treated less important because they have a different color skin. "Color is not a human or personal reality,'' the late, great African-American author James Baldwin once wrote. ''It is a political reality.'' To be solved, the races must merge. Whites must look at the other race and see them as all the same. They must look past the skin color, and look at what they are bringing to the table.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how norman podhoretz, a white man, was tormented by african americans growing up in brooklyn. he suffered abuse from the blacks, but never told anyone because he didn't want to be patronized.
  • Analyzes how padhoretz is a primary example of the fact that some races will not look past the color of someone’s skin.
  • Explains how the james byrd hate crimes act was signed into law by governor rick perry. the act protects against hate crimes against someone who is actual or perceived a certain gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability
  • Explains that 9/11 was one of the most heinous acts of terrorism in american history. the nation became patriotic after the terrorist attack on the world trade center.
  • Explains that immigration is helping build the fire of hate towards non-americans. the pew research center hispanic trends project says that the number of illegal immigrants is 11.7 million and growing.
  • Analyzes the stereotypical views that whites have against others. segregation was abolished, yet some towns are still separated by race.
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