What Is Racial Conflict?

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Racial tensions in the United States have reached a boiling point. Hatred or bias against a person based on their melanin count sparks conversation throughout the nation. From public outcries over police brutality and public displays of racism from hate groups, to the much more concerning claim of institutional racism, why is something so overwhelmingly unpopular still a problem? It seems that a resolution is not an easy thing to reach. Over the past decade, outcries over blatant displays of racism have increased due to the increasing availability of recording technology. The most prominent of these, is the uproar over police brutality. An article in Issues and Controversies states “Many observers have argued that the deaths of black men…at…show more content…
In the article “Racial Conflict” by Peter Katel, Peter states many facts about the plight of the African American community in comparison to the whites. He states that “Black households have an average income of $11,000 while white families earn an average of $141,000” and “1/12 African Americans are imprisoned, versus 1/60 whites” in defense of the plight, but he also contradicts himself with other statistics, like “22% of African Americans graduate college”, which would explain the income difference. Since there is no current, active law that is explicitly racist today, it is hard to argue that institutional racism had anything to do with the disparaging statistics in the article. He interviewed a professor from George Mason University, who says “Many times people use the term when they can’t find a racist…so now they call it institutional…show more content…
Take for instance, Donald Trump. Though he has had moments of blunt racism, he is also quoted as saying, “We must maintain law and order at the highest level or we will cease to have a country…I am the law and order candidate” (Jenna & Phillips). This veil of being an honest protector of citizens, along with the attitude and behavior of supporters at his rallies, do nothing but contribute to the thought of the United States having two-faced, sometimes bigoted,

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