Racism in America
Racism is hatred and intolerance for another race and it comes in many forms,
but its outcome is the same. It can make those who are its victims feel angry,
unwelcome, intimidated and unworthy. In its extreme form, it can lead entire
communities to persecute others, and to be indifferent to their sufferings. The
development of such laws as, the Reconstruction Act of 1867, the Civil Rights Act of
1875, the Fair Employment Act of 1941, the Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and
most of all the ratification of segregation in the United States in 1954 were all steps
taken to eliminate racism throughout the United States. Although America has
progressed in resolving racism; it still exists throughout the United States in epidemic
There are many opinions as to why racism exists in today’s society, but most
people would agree that slavery was the beginning of the racial tension in the
southern states and spread throughout the country. In the early 1600’s, the Portuguese
invaded Africa and started the slave trade industry to the southern states. The
misconception in today’s society is that one certain race was responsible for slavery.
Historians have documented that multiple races were being sold into slavery by
members of their own race, as well as other races and even some sold themselves into
slavery for the chance of a better life. (Phillips, 1889).
This is the 20th century, so how did racism continue throughout the years with
all of these laws and bills in effect? One problem is the government. “In fact it is the
federal government more than anything else that divides us along race, class,
religion, and gender lines. Government, through its taxes, restrictive regulations,
corporate subsidies, racial set-asides, and welfare programs, plays far too large
a role in determining who succeeds and who fails in our society.” (Paul, 2007). “By
encouraging Americans to adopt a group mentality, the advocates of so-called
"diversity" actually perpetuate racism.“ (Paul, 2007). One persons beliefs or actions
does not represent an entire race. This division has caused a large problem into todays
society, by not allowing us to be individuals and taking pride in ourselves as individuals.
Another problem is our society as a whole. We turn a blind eye to racism and
discount its effects: [the pain it causes and the hatred we feel toward another human
being, all because of color.] Statistics show that hate crimes, which are defined by
the Federal Bureau of Investigation as “any crime toward a person or property
due to race, religion or sexual orientation,” have decreased over the last ten years.
But have they really decreased? The FBI statistics are based on all reported hate
crimes. “In today’s media-driven society, not surprisingly, high-profile racist
incidents make headlines. But what about the racism that seeps into our
everyday lives-the pernicious, destructive acts that break down the social fabric and
carve ever deeper divisions between us?” (Barnes, 2000). Most victims of racism would
rather keep quiet about their particular incidents or discount it to ignorance. But what
does this do? It hurts our society even more and enables racists to continue tormenting
our society without penalty.
A recently added problem is the racial tension toward illegal immigrant day
laborers. ABC News did a undercover investigation on how illegal day laborers
are treated at a local Deli in Linden, NJ. The experiment was conducted to show how
Americans participated in racial acitivities when two day laborers were trying to
purchase food from the deli. Upon interviewing individuals who participated in racial
activity, the consensus was that the illegal day laborers were coming into our country
and taking our jobs. (Jan. 2009). Our...
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