It is a known fact that many people think that racism no long exists. We as people live our lives oblivious to what is happening in the world, we pretend that racism is not a problem in the society that we live in. There are people living in the world today and they don’t even realize that they contributing to the problem, they claim to be open minded but they discriminate against other peoples human rights. The subject of racism is very interesting to me. As a twenty nine year old African American I have witnessed and read stories and situations about racism and how it affects the people around us. Even though there is so much to learn and be taught about this issue in my research paper I will be focusing on what racism is, how racism affects people, how we fall victim to racism, and how we can stop racism.
What is Racism?
Racism has existed throughout human history. Racism can be defined as the hatred of one person by another person or the belief that another person is less than human because of skin color, language, customs, and place of birth or any other factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of the person. It has influenced wars slavery, the formation of nation, and legal codes ( Pieterse 2012). As a result of the European expansionism racism emerged in the 16th century and has continued to the present as a socially constructed system of values to justify the evil of human exploitation for socioeconomic advantage. Racism is the outward manifestation of an inward system of values designed to structure privilege by means of an objective, differential and unequal treatment of people for the purpose of social advantage over scarce resources ( Pieterse 2012). In my opinion racism is one of the worst factors associates with modern society. It destroys our spirit and turns us against each other. It promotes that the ideal of man is based on their skin color instead of character. I would love to imagine a world without racism the benefits of love, forgiveness, trust, kindness, benevolence would flourish. Racism is an issue that has continued to persist in our country due to centuries of slavery and oppression among the population of African Americans. We are all familiar with slavery and oppression in American history. There are white Americans that believe that they are the victims of reverse racism. I can’t blame them for feeling that way, because it is very true in some cases. Even as African Americans are still victims of racial profiling and racism. I have witnessed personally certain occurrences on several occasions.
How Racism Affect People
“Racism can and has destroyed us as individuals and ultimately it has destroyed the world” (Caple 2013) racism effects people or a group of individuals. Racism affects that way that other societies and groups of culture think. Because of this we from stereotypes or false thoughts about groups do to not being educated or misunderstandings. Racism is an ugly entity, but in reality, it will shape the way we think if we let it. It causes our negative thoughts to come to life causing more division within the human race. By allowing racism to take control over our minds it becomes what we think and feel and eventually it shows in our actions. Racism affects people lives in different ways depending on race, gender, and class. It is still present in life today even though there has been many efforts to reduce its power. Today there are still efforts being made and some have been successful such as the boundaries Present Barak Obama has crossed despite being biracial and how many people are taking a stand (Williams 1999). In my opinion racism seems to affect mainly African American as some people are very prejudice against them like the Ku Klux Klan whose power may not be as strong as it once was still exists. African Americans are also affected by the stereotypes. Racism also comes in our lives through the way we are exposed to it. No one is born racist it...