Gissendanner, Mahogany, 300183849 Critical Essay Issue #9, Shakir, Fall 2012 T: Th. 3:30p.m.-4:45p.m.
D’Angelo, Raymond and Herbert Douglas, eds. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Race and Ethnicity, 7th edition (Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill, 2009) “Issue #9: Is Racism a Permanent Feature of American Society?”
Is Racism a Permanent feature of American Society? Derrick Bell argues in this issue that the prospects for achieving racial equality in the United States are “illusory for Blacks. Bell reminds us despite the fact of the progress of blacks in United States; the legacy of slavery has left a portion of the race “with life-long poverty and soul devastating despair”. Bell believes that race consciousness is so imbedded in whites that it is virtually impossible to rise above it. He also argues that “few whites are able to identify with blacks as a group” and tend to view blacks through “comforting racial stereotypes”. Bell feels strongly that critical and proper examination of the history of black-white relations supports his conclusion that racism is a permanent feature of American Society. Bell makes some good point about racism in the American society today. The fact that the psychical part of racism is gone does not mean that racism as permanently left American Society. The fact that racism still “exist” is does not reflect on blacks’ success any longer. Majority of whites had a head start because their generation of success goes so many years back, were as for blacks success was not allowed at a point in time. Blacks have come a long ways over the years but there is still racial discrimination that “affects” the black population. Dinesh D’Souza does not agree with Bell, he believes that...
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