IS RACISM OVER YET? 5
IsRacism Over Yet?
Itis unfortunate that in the 21stcentury, America is still discussing issues of racism in many forums,both formal or informal. Today, racism is not openly practiced likethere before. Racism is now experienced in new forms likeinstitutional racism and benevolent racism. Racism is not onlypracticed by the whites against people of color, but it is alsoexperienced by the whites who are discriminated against by the blacksdue to the racial differences. This essay aims to show that racism isstill prevalent in our society today, despite the many attempts forintegration.
IsRacism Over Yet?
Racismis the intolerance or hatred for another race or other races. It is asituation whereby a person feels that his or her race is superior toanother race(Ikuenobe, 2014).In America, there have been significant strides have been made aimedat eliminating racism. The election of Barrack Obama as president ofthe United States of America seemed to show that the war againstracism had finally been won. However, according to the casesexperienced every day, the battle against racism is far from beingover. People do not want to talk about it and yet there is a problem(Came & Humphries, 2014)
Racismcannot be overcome not unless every person rises against it andrealizes that all humans are equal beings, and no race is superior tothe others. It is over fifty years since Martin Luther King Jr.delivered the epic speech, “I have a dream.” In this speech, hehoped that there will come a time when a person will be judged bytheir character and not by the color of their skin. The battle cannotbe won by people being color blind (Fitzgerald, 2014). This will onlybe putting a blanket over the problem and not solving the problem.
Itis natural for human beings to feel comfortable around those thatthey feel are similar to them. The problem is when the differenceslead to opinions being formed about the other group. The aspect offear, then comes in when the group that feels superior begins to feelthreatened by the group that they feel is inferior. They tend tobelieve that the group that they feel is inferior is a source ofcompetition in the residences, in the job market as well as onproperty ownership. The fear of loss is the primary cause of racialdiscrimination.
TheAmerican civil rights movement did a commendable job when in 1960 itmanaged to have laws that made racism illegal. The effect this had inAmerica is that there was no open display of racial discriminationtendencies, but the tactic changed. The programs set up to supportthe minority groups are abused and used to propel racism. In thiscase, racism comes in a new form called the benevolent racism thateven makes the situation worse than it was before.
Thebattle will be won when all people begin to appreciate the fact thatthey are all equal. The stereotypical ideologies that propel racismshould be curbed if we are to say that we have successfully dealtwith this challenge (Feagin, 2013). Every citizen should be givenequal opportunities to grow. In the case that a group seems to bedisadvantaged due to historical reasons, such a group can beempowered to rise to the challenges that have been brought about bythe discriminating tendencies. Affirmative action, in this case,would produce an even playing ground for all citizens.
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Ikuenobe,P. (2014). White-on-Black Racism and Corlett`s Idea ofRacism. JournalOf African American Studies, 18(1),108-127. doi:10.1007/s12111-013-9259-0