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Racism

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...