Racism Essay

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Austin Kim
3/6/13
Professor Ferrell
Essay 3.1
Writing 121
Racism Changes Lives
Racism is defined as views, practices, and actions reflecting the belief that human beings are divided into certain categories known as races and that these members share common attributes amongst one another. This definition causes a specific group or race to be less desirable, more desirable, inferior, or superior. The segregation between ethnicities have stirred many debates, battles, and controversy. Another issue that is related to racism would have to be the stereotypes involved in the racial slurs. Stereotypes are commonly known as a widely held, yet fixed image or idea over a certain person, group, or thing. These stereotypes place the affected groups in a negative image, and then racism comes into play; greatly disturbing the people that are generalized by stereotypes. Racism and stereotypes have placed people in certain groups and categories, therefore racism and stereotypes creates an unfair and biased environment to those that are affected.

In the early 1900s, America had been through many different struggles. From the Great Depression and the Cold War, this country seemed to be collapsing. However, there were still other hidden factors in the United States that set people apart, which was the segregation of many different groups; a main issue being racism. Although racism affected a lot of different ethnicities, the main race that was affected would have to be the African Americans. Simply because of their skin color, these African American citizens would have to face different situations than the other “dominant” white race. There were bathrooms, classrooms, buses, water fountains, and any common feature we have for these specific groups. These colored sections were dirtier than the white sections, and it stressed the racist idea of African Americans being inferior to white men. If an African American were to find themselves rebel towards the ideology that they were inferior, severe consequences were soon to follow. When they fought back, many white citizens in the area would help attack the African American in order to show the dominant race. Many of the rebellious people would end up being hurt, have privileges taken away, or even killed.

Even with this amount of racism that had existed throughout the US, especially in the southern states, many other groups were founded to show the superiority of the white man. A group in particular, known as the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), was one of the biggest names. After the Civil War, slavery had been abolished in the United States of America. However, the Klan completely disagreed with African Americans being equal, and found themselves rapidly growing into an astronomical amount of members in the group, who all had the same goal in common: white dominance. This racial group had a commitment in providing extreme violence to achieve its personal goals of racial segregation and white supremacy. The Klan still remains as one of the greatest number and local organizations around the country. Today, they stress in stopping gay marriage, religion, and immigration, however, in the past, they were specifically known for their treatment towards African Americans. Many members of the Ku Klux Klan dressed in white robes to stress the idea that blacks were inferior to whites. Black people who tried to do a normal thing today, such as getting an education or voting, were subjected to being called names, bullying, and beatings from white people who supported the goals of the Ku Klux Klan. As a result, many black people were ineligible to vote and kept away from the areas ruled by the whites. They created a constant wave of terror, which included threats of violence in the form of bullying, lynching, burning buildings, and murder to black citizens and to those who stood up for them. African Americans had to face the truth; the war was won, but the battle between race lived on. They would have to...
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