Systematic Racism In American Society

analytical Essay
1842 words
1842 words

Oh, Is There Still Racism?: Systematic Racism in American Society The lack of awareness among society surrounding racism is a problem of great proportion. Everyday people go on with their daily routines, unaware of the discrimination and inequalities around them. A lot of the time those who are unable to recognize these injustices are people in positions of power who are not affected by them. While these issues may not directly affect them, that does not negate the fact that they still exist. After centuries of progression within the United States many people have been led to believe that racism is a thing of the past, failing to acknowledge its undermining presence in people of color’s everyday lives. Racism still runs rampant among American …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that racism still runs rampant among american society and until it is completely acknowledged true equality will never be achieved.
  • Analyzes beverly tatum's essay, "defining racism - can we talk," which examines what racism looks like in america.
  • Explains that a white student asked them what they would be teaching the following semester, and i assured her that there was still racism. she suggested that she sign up for my course.
  • Analyzes how tatum discusses the roots of racism, arguing that it starts when people are young as they have limited interactions and lack of firsthand experience with people who are different.
  • Analyzes how tatum argues that racism is a system of advantage based on race as opposed to prejudice.
  • Explains that smog in the air is visible and less apparent, but we are breathing it in day in and day out.
  • Analyzes how racism is ingrained into american society and has dreadful consequences if not addressed.
  • Explains that racism is so deep-rooted in today's society that people have been trained to unconsciously ignore it despite the powerful ways it can affect them.
  • Explains how the woman was able to shop in department stores without being followed by suspicious salespeople, send her child to school confident that the teacher would not discriminate against him on the basis of race, and speak with her mouth full.
  • Argues that the benefits of a racist system exist, but the only group of people who do not see it are those who are benefiting from it.
  • Analyzes how carrie ching discusses racism and the lack of the discussion around it in her essay "personal voices: facing up to race."
  • Explains why a person whose great-great-grandfather emigrated from china 150 years ago is still called an ‘asian-american,’ whereas he or she becomes just plain old ‘american in one generation.’
  • Analyzes how ching encourages everyone to spark the change within themselves and open their eyes to all the racism around them. when it goes unchecked, it perpetuates a racist society.
  • Opines that racism is more complex now than it was in the past. racism is now systematic and structured into political and social institutions.
  • Explains that in an expensive restaurant, managers and servers are usually white, while busboys and kitchen help are mostly people of color.
  • Opines that racism is ingrained into a system that benefits white people. it's not about treating an individual differently based on their race.
  • Opines that the lack of awareness around racism is what keeps it going unchallenged. education and critical thinking skills play a major role in identifying these issues, but sometimes people simply cannot acknowledge the benefits.

People in positions of power often look at the different perks they get as something normal that everyone gets which allows them to not think about race. Society is no longer in a state of active racism, a state in which racist acts are more blatant and intentional, it is in a state of passive racism, a state in which racism is more ingrained into people’s daily lives. A lot of the benefits white people enjoy are considered normal, something they do not have to think about. This kind of privilege furthers racism because it gives certain groups of people unfair advantages or disadvantages based on their race. It is interesting to point out that some of the most prominent institutions for systematic racism, like the housing industry, do not disadvantage white people. While people of color are regularly getting denied housing loans that coincidentally force them to stay in the same bad neighborhoods, white people are moving into nicer homes throughout the country and gentrifying urban neighborhoods. This society definitely helps a certain group of people; it is just not as easy to identify. The simple things white people are not asked to think about are the things that get them ahead in …show more content…

In the eyes of the beneficiary that is not a problem, so there is no incentive to change it. Among one of the main points she puts out is the belief that one has to be white in order to be considered American. To exemplify this believe she

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