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Despite increased diversity across the country, America’s neighborhoods remain highly segregated along racial and ethnic lines. Residential segregation, particularly between African-Americans and whites, persists in metropolitan areas where minorities make up a large share of the population. This paper will examine residential segregation imposed upon African-Americans and the enormous costs it bears. Furthermore, the role of government will be discussed as having an important role in carrying out efforts towards residential desegregation. By developing an understanding of residential segregation and its destructive effects, parallels may be drawn between efforts aimed at combating such a grave societal problem and furthering social justice.
Various cultures have come together and creating the diversity in this country. Adversity can be defined as the condition or instance of differing elements or qualities. (Merriam-Webster Dictonary, 2013) Diversity includes the quality; it has brought America to where it is today. History of inequality and racial injustice in our society can still be seen. Great illustrations of this is war, which bought for freedom of slavery, the civil rights movement, which will plot the equality for all races, and more current gay-rights movement, that fights for equality rights regardless of your sexual orientation.
The standard change in 1970 where one need conscious racial intent to prove that the race had a factor in the decision making p... ... middle of paper ... ... racism in now more prevalent than overt racism in modern American society than ever before. Beside the change in time period many factors contributed to the can in culture. The eradication of unconscious racism will be a long process involving huge change in the way people in our country see themselves and others of different racial groups. One important step would be the removal of all race based decision and the removal of Affirmative action all together. The unfair privilege that minorities get through affirmative action cases racial tensions in the community.
This subject is of particular to this researcher because of how it has managed to deeply affect an entire race of people to the point that their view of themselves has been skewed by events experienced by their past generations. It is also of interest because it provides insight into why some black individuals have undergone certain negative or preferential treatment throughout their lives due to the color of their flesh. This topic is of great magnitude because it will allow many people of the race to realize that their self-images and ideologies are much distorted. “The Role of Skin Color and Features in the Black Community” by Angela Neal and Midge Wilson is a piece of work that not only explains how color and physical features play a role in Black America but also provides a historical account of how shades of skin became such an important factor. The article delves into previously uncharted territory by also analyzing how the Black woman is e... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited Baruti, Mwalimu K. .
Affirmative Action - We Should Not Forget America's Racist Past Affirmative Action has become of the most controversial social policy issues to be discussed in recent years. It is controversial because it challenges fundamental American beliefs. As Seymour Martin Lipset put it: "Affirmative Action policies have forced a sharp confrontation between two core American values: equality and individualism. "(Dudley7) This values oriented approach, which pervades popular discussion and derives from functionalist sociology, fails to explain why similar challenges to our core values did not in the past result in the kind of spite surrounding Affirmative Action today. As the popular lore and written history of urban politics in America demonstrate and as minority leaders today frequently point out, benefits were routinely distributed to individuals not on merit, but on racial criteria (Sigelman7).
This problem needs to be fixed, and without knowledge, our country will continue to wage war against itself. Racism refers to an act of discrimination or prejudices where people deem members of one race intrinsically superior to that of another race (“Define”). Racism has always existed. From the beginning of time, to the present, it has exist. It will continue to exist, due too the stereotypes, and prejudices people have.
It becomes apparent that Wright's traumatic experiences involving females and Hurston's identity as a strong, independent and successful Black artist contributed significantly to the ways in which they chose to depict African-American women and what goals they adhered to in reaching and touching a specific audience with the messages contained in their writing. Out of bitterness and rage caused by centuries of oppression at the hands of the white population, there has evolved in the African-American community, a strong tradition of protest literature. Several authors have gained prominence for delivering fierce messages of racial inequality through literature that is compelling, efficacious and articulate. One of the most notable authors in this classification of literature is Richard Wright, author of several pieces including his most celebrated novel, Native Son, and his autobiography, Black Boy. A man violently opposed to and deeply enraged by the injustice that is at the roots of the Africa... ... middle of paper ... ...ers of Starvation': Richard Wright's Black Boy and American Hunger."
Work Cited Back, Les, and Solomos, John, Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader, (New York: Routledge, 2000). Lewis, David L., W.E.B. Dubois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919, (New York: Owl Books, 1994). Lewis, David L., W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963, (New York: Henry Holt and company, LLC, 2000).
In this particular text, Mills explores numerous concepts regarding race, how it is viewed by different people, and the sense of hierarchy that has formed because of it. Nevertheless, when certain scholars think about and discuss race in society, they often take different approaches than those by Mills mentioned prior. HowevSimier, regardless of the different approaches that may be taken, often times a common idea can be found amongst them, which further ties in The Racial Contract. For example, the text “Racial Formation in the United States” by Michael Omi and Howard Winant, as well as “The Lincoln-Douglass Debates” can both be found to have a correlation regarding race within Mill’s work. As can be observed through the historical events that have occurred over time, race can be seen as a simple idea, but rather it is not and can instead be seen as a complex topic of discussion with more intricacies then what may be originally exposed.