27 January 2015
Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. It is also defined as prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior. This means that racism can come in both intentional and unintentional forms, although both are a form of discrimination and dehumanization of the inferior (in the sense of appreciation or popularity) race. As touched on already, racial discrimination can be in both the form of intentional as well as unintentional — both of which are harmful to people and the culture in which they live. Now one may ask: how can someone unintentionally discriminate against another race? There are quite a few ways, actually. A major one is traditional upbringing. The circumstances that people grow up in have an extremely large impact on their lives, how they handle situations, how they think, and how they talk (and not just in the sense of their accents). In the movie “42” (The Jackie Robinson Story), a heckler in the crowd began shouting vulgar obscenities and racial slurs at Jackie because of his skin, regardless of the fact that he was an outstanding ball player. In the movie, the heckler’s son was sitting next to him, and began to repeat everything his father was saying. Now, even though this may just be a movie, this is a great representation of how a child’s circumstances influence his behavior. And what one can take away from this scene is that we need to be conscious of the example that we set for our kids. As they grow up, they are naturally drawn to regurgitate what they hear from their parents. That is simply the way kids were made to learn: repetition. A parent who is negligent in this aspect of parenting often times results in adults discriminating against other races, whether it be intentional or unintentional. Now with that said, there is still a lot of intentional hatred and discrimination even in 2015. A study reported in The College Student Journal, "The Changing Nature of Racism On College Campuses: Study of Discrimination at a Northeastern Public University" explained that there are a lot of college students that feel the pressure of discrimination even today, although it is less obvious now. The study used three minority groups (Black, Asian and Hispanic) proportionally from the percentage that those groups represent in the campus minority. They were asked questions on the topic of racism, and more specifically, if and how they have been affected by it. As already stated before, the results showed that racism is still a prominent issue. The interesting part is that the longer minority students are on campus, the more likely they are to experience some sort of racially motivated attack, whether it is verbal abuse, physical abuse, or mental abuse. To get rid of racism, we must simply stop talking about it. Now one may think that it is hypocritical to write and talk on the topic of racism and how people need to stop talking about it. But too many people bring up the subject in a manner that has no positive drive to get rid of it. That is the purpose of this essay. As long as the news continues to put it in our brains that all of these shootings and police killings were a matter of race, then people will continue to think in terms of race and how white cops are evil. Let that statement not be misconstrued. There are most definitely evil cops out there, both white and black. Some of those cases involving multiple races may have had some form of racism involved. But for people to instantly get angry at the other race simply because their skin color is a few shades lighter or darker is absolutely ridiculous. Let us take the recent Eric Garner case. What we see is a video of a white cop choking out a black...
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