Week 2: Assignment 2
The History and Statistics of Racism
The topic I chose today is racism in America today. I chose this topic because I feel like it’s a subject that people are starting to take lightly. I believe that people are unaware that it still exist. A lot of people don’t know what being racism means. It’s a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
Now there isn’t to many people that are open these days. But for the one’s that are is labeled as social outcasts. That doesn’t mean to discard them because they still play a big part in today’s society. For example they have their own website which is still active. Another example is the Entman – Rojecki index found that it is four times more likely that an African American’s mug shot would be shown rather than a white person’s.
This leads to racism in the social media. There are things that people fail to notice when it come’s to portraying African American’s and Caucasian’s equally. For example African American’s are five times more likely to be portrayed as violent compared to white people. Also African American men are more likely to be assumed guilty of a sexual crime more than any other race in America. And that African American women are more likely to be in the sex industry, they still have a tendency to get paid far less than white women.
What a lot of people don’t realize is that there were a lot of cultures that suffered from racism. It wasn’t just African American’s; it’s also on Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Latin Americans. European Americans (particularly Anglo Americans). Through out history each race has suffered a great lose due to racism. The Indians played a major part in history. The main objectives for the Europeans were to gain the resources that the Indians had. This led to wars, massacres, and forced displacement....
References: (April 18 2013) Racism and ethnic discrimination in the United States
D. E. Rodgers (June 30, 2010) Racism vs. African-Americans in America Today: AT-A-GLANCE
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