In looking at the idea of being racist we must look at why people are like that. I would hope that most people would not be racist, but that would be in a perfect world and we don't live there.
Conflict theorists would say people are attracted to the message of hate because the way the power elite keeps us at odds. They keep us believing that the other race is trying to take what little there is left.
If the power elite can keep us at one another's throats then we won't rise up and fight against the power elite. We won't realize that we really don't have anything. There are examples of this all over. We take peoples jobs away and give them to minorities or another minority. This produces hatred toward that minority. If we do this then they won't take to changing their life around them The same is within education and making sure that some people are given a right to enter a college not based on scores, but on color of skin. This gives us hate. We think some group is trying to take our stuff. The Ku Klux Klan believes that blacks are taking all their jobs or because they are there they are running the companies out of town. The power elite enforces this rhetoric and only causes the people to continue the cycle of hate.
The leaders and followers of the Ku Klux Klan and neo-nazi groups believe that they are the only superior people and everyone is taking what is rightfully theirs. They are taking their stuff. Their jobs, their homes, their land. "They believe life is war. The world is made of distinct racial groups and life is about the war between those groups." They only believe what they want to believe. These people live in their own world and you can never talk them out of it.
Mr. Ezekiel stated this "[There is a] ready pool of whites who will respond to the racist signal .This population is always hungry for activity -or for the talk of activity- that promises dignity and meaning to lives that are working poorly in a highly... [continues]
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