In his essay, Robert Jensen claims that Caucasian Americans feel that in order to be considered a true "American," your skin must be white in color. He uses hurricane Katrina as an example, saying that, "...one of the hurricane's most enduring legacies is the way it made visible the effect of racial and class disparities on who lived and who died... (Jensen, par. 1)." According to what was shown on television, it would appear as though the black community garnered the bulk of the destruction, but when investigated closely, such an assumption would be proven to be absurd. Of course, racism has not been entirely eradicated from the American society, and no one racial group can honestly plead complete innocence to displaying racist behavior at one time or another. Singling out an entire group of people in a racism accusation is ridiculous, to say the least. There is a considerable lack of documented support for his claim; the basis of his argument is a matter of opinion or point of view on the situation. The way people perceive each other is dependent on the individual, so accrediting a racial population in its entirety with a very broad accusation of racist behavior is certainly unfair. Sure, there are certainly racist white Americans living in the United States as of to date, just as Jensen suggests, but the mass of the white population in our country has no personal gripe with another race, illustrating that the author's claim is inaccurate.
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.
In today’s society, racism plays a fundamental role in multiple aspects throughout many people’s lives. These aspects can include getting a job, getting into college, fairness in the legal system, and many more. Racism is the belief that one certain race is superior to another race such as European American people thinking they are superior to Asian Americans, although this idea is not supported by any empirical evidence. Social conflict theorists may study the racial groups in America. These theorists embrace the idea that the upper class controls the community while the lower class strives for the limited resources (Giddens et al 2014). This would clearly cause major problems in vital situations in an individual’s life through racial groups
Racism in America
Racism isn't born, folks, it's taught. I have a two-year-old son. You know what he hates? Naps!
Around 12,000 B.C., human beings in Asia moved north in search wooly mammoths and made their way across the Bering Straight to Alaska. Over the next several hundred years, they made their way to the Great Plains where they hunted huge mammals to the point of extinction. During the Archaic Period (9000 B.C. 1000 B.C.), bands of hunters moved constantly from one area to another in constant search of a suitable food supply. By 1000 B.C. the first sedentary communities were developed near rich fishing areas along the coasts and large rivers. Sedentary people created complex mound communities along the Mississippi River and in the Ohio Valley. When improvements in corn reached the land north of the Mexican desert, there was a marked boom in sedentary city development. Corn cultivation influenced peoples' religions and improved their health, helping to spawn a population growth after 800 A.D. These urban centers declined in the 13th and 14th centuries because of warfare, soil exhaustion and the disruption of inter-regional trade. In Europe, forces of social change were creating unrest; unrest which would prompt hundreds of people to explore the Atlantic Ocean and reshape the relationship between peoples of the world.
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.
Racism in the Unites States
The cause of the black riots in the 1960's consisted of many things.
Firstly there was he issue of race; blacks could not get jobs, whites
wouldn't employ them many whites preferred to employ Chicanos as their
skin colour is slightly lighter. There was great tension between the
Blacks and the Chicanos both for jobs, houses and federal money.
"The legacy of past racism directed at blacks in the United States is more like a bacillus that we have failed to destroy, a live germ that not only continues to make some of us ill but retains the capacity to generate new strains of a disease for which we have no certain cure." - Stanford Historian George Frederickson.
“E Pluribus Unum”, “Out of Many, One”; Originally used to suggest that out of many colonies or states shall emerge a single unified nation, but over the years it has become the melting pot of the many people, races, religions, cultures and ancestries that have come together to form a unified whole, and even though America prides itself on being this melting pot racism is still alive and well today. America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, the country that calls to so many; calling to them with the promise of freedom and prosperity, to live their lives as they see fit. As stated in the National Anthem, America is "the land of the free and the home of the brave." America is the country where dreams can come true. So if America has emerged as a single people and nation, why does racism still exist?
Black youths arrested for drug possession are 48 times more likely to wind up in prison than white youths arrested for the same crime under the same circumstances. Many people are unaware how constant racism has been throughout the years. It is important to understand the problems of racism because it is relevant to society. Racism in America is very real and Americans need to know it.