Racism and the Effects in Yesterday’s, Today’s and Tomorrow’s Society

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Racism and the Effects in Yesterday’s, Today’s and Tomorrow’s Society

Racism, especially over the past few years, has become something that is being expressed in more subtle and understated ways than ever before, and this may be because of the fact that today, more and more 'whites' are disowning the concepts of racism, and are at the same time proclaiming that theirs is an 'egalitarian' society, where all men are born equal. Racism and its impact have been felt all over the world and the innate struggles and tussles that racism involves are being felt not only in the United States of America but also across the entire world. Racism and its impact have been felt all over the world and the innate struggles and tussles that racism involves are being felt not only in the United States of America but also across the entire world. In the United States of America, racism has been in a particularly virulent form, and this may be because of the undeniable fact that America has been built on the labor of African slaves, and also on the labor obtained by the exploitation of poor immigrants. In the year 1860, there was a Civil War that was ought to demand the abolition of slavery, and this did end the cruelty of slavery. However, during and after the defeat of Post War reconstruction, both capitalists as well as plantation owners subjected 'Black People' to a sort of 'semi-slavery', and this continued until the Mass Struggles by the African-Americans that came into force during the middle of the 1950's. (Perlo, 1) Racism, especially over the past few years, has become something that is being expressed in more subtle and understated ways than ever before, and this may be because of the fact that today, more and more 'whites' are disowning the concepts of racism, and are at the same time proclaiming that theirs is an 'egalitarian' society, where all men are born equal. However, certain behavioral patterns and ideas are indeed embedded in their very psyche, so that even though they state that they do not believe in racism, their behaviors would indicate that they do. (Bynon; Cleary; Hamilton; Maller; Melior; Watson, 46) When a study was conducted to assess students' feelings on the subject of racism, it was found that even Universities are not at all immune to the tenets of racism and all that it entails. This is true despite all the numerous legislations that have been passed over the years on the subject of Civil Rights, and racism even today remains one of the most pressing and ever present problems in the United States of America and in the society. (Allen, Annette M; Brackett, Kimberly P; Marcus, Ann; Mullins, Larry C; Pruett, Daniel W; Tang, 22)

It is a sad fact that racism and the various forms of prejudices that it entails have been in existence among mankind throughout history. Another sad fact is that the fear of the unknown is indeed a widely recognized fear, and the fear of the unknown also includes fear of strangers, and throughout history, there have been instances when people have sharpened their defenses and fortified their weaknesses so that they would be better able to deal with strangers who were trying to approach them for some reason or the other, and all this was done so that they would remain safe within their four walls. This notion has, in fact led to the starting of more than a few wars over the years, and also ended up in killing more than a few millions of people over the years. There was, amazingly, a concept during older times, that there were two human races, one of which was 'white', and one, another color. (The History of Racism) It was also believed that the white race was both physically as well as mentally quite superior to the other race, and that all the others were inferior. For example, Ernest Renan stated that the 'blacks' of Africa, the aborigines of Australia, and the 'Indians’ of America were all people who belonged to this 'inferior' race, whereas all the others belonged to the...
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