Racism, by definition is a belief that race is the primary determinant of
human traits and capacities and that racial differences produces an inherent
superiority of a particular race, (Webster). This is a complex issue, that is
defined quite simply, yet the effects of this particular belief are devastating. The
individual who is thought of as the superior race is usually not aware of the
discrimination towards the inferior race. In America, racism is a major issue that
is neglected in numerous circumstances. America, herself was developed due to
racism and discrimination against the inferior race we know as the Indians.
Instead of understanding, the new creature, the superior race, known as the
Euopeans, deprecated the Indians due to their diverse culture and slow
technological advancements. America was soon established based on a
constitution that was developed by " the superior race, " for the superior race.
Minorities were disregarded of all rights at this time and later clauses were
added to unite the Americas as a whole, but unfortunately a race-free nation
is unattainable. Is it possible for a nation to be totally equal if it's history is rooted
in the horrors of slavery, discrimination of minorities, corruption of the criminal
justice system towards blacks and advantages for White Americans?
In America, the mistreatment of the African American race is disturbing.
Blacks now have advantages that were unavailable in the past, but they are
discriminated against so harshly that these advances seem inevitable. In March
2002 , the African American population was 36 million, which made up thirteen
percent of the population, (U.S. Census Bureau,2002). Obviously blacks are a
major minority. Blacks are most likely to have unfinished education, poor living
conditions and hard labor professions. This is a reality that is vastly ignored.
Blacks in the U.S. in the year 2003 had a poverty rate of 24.4 percent, (U.S.
Census Bureau,2003). 19.5 % of Black Americans are uninsured in the U.S., (U.S.
Census Bureau, 2003). Lack of health insurance and poor living conditions
combined derceases the life spand of the African American race. These facts
about the disadvantages of the Black race leads to the pronounced issue of
inequality in America.
In Aristotle's theory,natural law, an individual should do what is right in
his/her biological sense. You should always do the most honest thing in any
given situation. An individual who is racist lacks morals completely. A racists
individual does not apply the theory of Natural Law to the inferior race. Racism
in unethical. Being that America is full of racism an argument is introduced.
Does the lack of morals,of racist Americans lead to the inequality of this nation?
Will America ever be a violent-free, terror-free, discrimination-free nation if racism
is such a major issue?
In the book, Racism and Philosophy, Susan E. Babbitt, along with several
other contributors blatantly characterize racism as unethical. It touches on many
different types of racism against blacks, women and a few other minorities. In,
"The Racial Polity," by Charles Willlis one of the many writers in the book, he
emphasizes his views on racism related to philosophy. He believes that from
point of view, western moral and political philosophers had very
"little to say" about racial issues (Bibbett,13). Willis states, " Philosophy is one
of the very "whitest" of all humanities." (13) He also states that, "Race has
constituted a central line of moral and political demarcation, of privilege and
subordination in the global polityof hundreds of years," (Bibbet,13). I agree with
Willis completely. Racism is ignored, but is extremely important issue. If there
was less racism in...