May 16, 2013
Academy Pre-AP English
Debate Essay – Can We Prevent Racism??
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle, and so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom, A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent”—Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Such a powerful quote that speaks so much in so little words a yet, this quote tells a lot about our topic. Racism is a prejudice or discrimination directed against someone of a different race based on such beliefs of superiority. Beliefs can change they are meant to be changed, molded, and formed into something new, a new way of thinking. Beliefs can also bring about or be opinions, but it all depends on if the faith is strong. The mind and heart have to be of one accord. No second guessing. It is stated that because of racism it is impossible for the race that is being treated poorly to neither grow nor embrace change, but that does not justify it nor make it right. Change is never embraced willingly; it takes effort to get it done. Racism has been brought about, twisted, molded, and formed by different methods, mindsets, and many other forms of change. Barack Obama is a leader of change he deals with racism as we speak in the executive branch. He deals with the media turning and twisting and watching his every move, he is the 1st black president and with that come not only a level of responsibility and supplication but also a matter of dignity and pride for the African American race, and even though the president deals with racial prejudice in the political firm, Barack Obama will not be deterred form making change happen in this day and age and in this society. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. another change agent, monument, and another believer with a strong faith in change. Martin also dealt with racism; in fact Martin was in the heart of it all, taking the average day to day verbal beatings from societies most cruel and crude. Racial prejudice was an ever living factor in Dr. King’s field of work. Martin wanted equality for all African American’s. He fought peacefully for the rights of the black communities. He did not look at the color of our skin, but the content of our character. Martin believed in changing not just a mindset, not just a trait, not just a though, but a whole races perspective. King wanted segregation gone and racism dead at the feet of all of those who had been severely or even harshly hurt by it. Martin had faith. King was an activist and change icon for all the generations to come. Racism has been formed, molded, twisted, and convicted into different forms of change. Racism, racism and how it can be prevented. Racism can be prevented through change, by the educational system, no more labeling of stereotypes, and public awareness. Alliteratively, the educational system is just one of the many ways to prevent racism. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”—MLK. The future generation of America depends on the children of the future. Schools must promote racial tolerance and awareness in order to teach the different aspects of the different races. The belief that we can prevent it by properly educating the youth in the school systems and communities, not only that but actually showing them how to properly treat people through manners and etiquette. The prevention of racism through working with other cultures, races through foreign exchange trips is definitely a huge possibility. We can begin to get a better understanding of each other, along with the hardships that come with that knowledge or experience. The racial differences can decrease. Kids will generally mimic what they see and if they see the older generation treating everyone equally, this could prevent future racism. The education is a key way to reach the younger masses, and the learning process starts at home. Parentage plays a key part in this. “We all want to believe that...