Racism, discrimination and prejudice are extensive in America. Although, racism and discrimination are not accepted as it was in the 40's and the 60's, it still exists in our society today. Racism is a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce superiority of a particular race.
There are two forms of racism, covert and overt. Overt racism is what most people are familiar with since it is easily detectable and takes the form of direct behavioral or verbal racially discriminatory acts. Covert racism is more subtle, yet occurs more often than overt racism and is more easily hidden and denied. From that there are three different kinds of racism. There is individual racism, which is one on one. An example would be a white male murders a Middle Eastern person out of hate. Next there is Institutional racism, which could be a club of some sort that has rules that preclude any non-White members. Finally there is cultural racism, which would be something like the enslavement of African Americans.
Racism is a lose lose scenario. The dominant group and the target group both face negative consequences. The minority group faces low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, physical illness, limited access to necessary and desired resources just to name a few. The majority group faces isolation from other races, which aids in the continued ignorance on the topic of race and limits individual and intellectual growth. Clearly the target group has it worse off but the point is that both groups experience negative effects.
When it comes to the topic of race people tend to fall into two categories: liberals and conservatives. Liberals see America as a racist society and believe that there should be aid for minorities in society when it comes to jobs and education. Conservatives feel differently. They believe that events that happened in the past should remain in the past. They believe that racism is wrong, but... [continues]
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