This is a big issue for Americans, even now. It has created a state of mind that some people are inferior to others and deserved to be treated that way. Many people of different races were abused and continue to be discriminated against due to this belief. It has created a lot of tension between races, some people even feel uncomfortable just being near to another race and that can be traced back to Jim Crow laws. All of this needs to be fixed and it’s very obvious why.
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(Stewart) Despite promoting equality, affirmative action is a problem. It uses race, gender or ethnicity as a determinate for acceptance or denial. This creates a system of discrimination against certain demographic groups. Applicants are facing unequal standards due to their demographic. Affirmative action is degrading the educational system.
“Upbringing is the largest cause of racism”-Anonymous. Even if we allow yourself to get to know some of them, this will always be in the back of your mind” (laurenmay123). Just because one is of different color, have a big nose, ears, head or any other part of the body that society does not consider normal, society instantly are labels them. Some examples of labeling just because of the way people look are “mentally ill”, “retarded”, “nigger” and so forth. This entire name calling will affect someone’s self-esteem and they believe it to the point where they cannot or will not better themselves.
Racism can vary seeing as though you could be a specific type of racist. The four different types of racism that exist today are the “aware/blatant, the aware/covert, the unaware/unintentional, and lastly the unaware/self-righteous” (Yamato 66). Colorism is prejudice and discrimination against individuals with a darker skin tone. Colorism typically happens between individuals of the same ethnic and racial groups. In society today, colorism exists due to the accumulated experiences of racism, “which can generate questions and doubts in the minds of people of color about their place in a predominately white society” (Osajima141).
I will base information from Webster’s definition of Racism, reading assigned for the course, and some of my own ideas on ways to overcome this obstacle as a nation. Racism has historically been defined as the belief that race is the primary determinant of human capacities, that a certain race is inherently superior or inferior to others, and/or that individuals should be treated differently according to their racial designation. Sometimes racism means beliefs, practices, and institutions that discriminate against people based on their perceived or ascribed race. While the sin of racism is an age-old phenomenon based on ignorance, fear, estrangement, and false pride, some of its ugliest manifestations have taken place in our time. Racism and irrational prejudices operate in a vicious circle.
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