Incidents concerning racism are now receiving a lot of media attention. Twenty-five years ago, a group of police officers beating on a black person would not have gotten as much media attention as the Rodney King incident. Rodney King was an African-American who was pulled over and beaten by four Los Angeles police officers for reckless driving while under the influence of an illegal substance. That unfortunate event was pivotal in the sense that the whole world gained consciousness on what was really going on as far as racial tension was concerned. There have been many other publicized incidents in the news after the Rodney King incident.
Our society has been subject to different forms of injustice for hundreds of years, such as slavery followed by decades segregation and discrimination. Discrimination is a common thread in the United States throughout the years, and even though slavery has ended, discrimination continues today in many forms. People who have felt discriminated against have responded in many ways from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s to the Black Lives Matter movement of today. Los Angeles in the 1990s was still a place of segregation that led to discrimination and racial tension. The Los Angeles riots (or the Rodney King riots) in 1992, were another painful but eye opening event in the long fight for justice.
Racism is a very tragic but important part of history. Blacks in the early 1900s sacrificed their lives just because there was a small chance of change. This just emphasizes how badly they were being treated. But with many sacrifices and attempts things changed.
Whenever I read stories about racism that used to be even more in the past decades than today, I have always wonder how it came to an end. Who and what actions did they take to end it? This thoughts, feelings, and doubts led me to think that this article would be the best option for me to read.
The Plessy vs Ferguson doctrine implies it is, “merely a legal distinction without conflicting with the 13th Amendment”. The Plessy vs Ferguson was a U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation. In 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in the Plessy vs Ferguson doctrine that racially segregated public facilities were only legal if blacks and whites were both equally welcome. In 1951, a plaintiff named Oliver Brown filed a class-action suit against the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, after his daughter, Linda Brown, was denied entrance to Topeka’s all-white elementary schools”.
For example, the fear that is put into the minds of many Americans from Muslim immigration has impacted the ability for some immigration process to be declined due to the discrimination. After the September 11 terrorist attack on the United States, the views on immigrants has been extremely negative. There have been stereotypes, hate, fear, labeling and many other issues that arose due to that event. Many were stereotyped in ways such as labeling a Muslim immigrant as a “terrorist” only because he or she has a different religious belief
The abolition of slavery did not stop racism entirely, and black citizens are still considered lesser than their white counterparts. The U.S. government forbade blacks to use some of the same facilities, restrooms, or even water fountains as whites, and it essentially took a revolution before a racist government saw its misdoings. Once again, the embarrassing past shows the unneeded extraneous sacrifices made, all in the belief of desegregation. Slavery and segregation are embarrassing marks on U.S. history that specifically focus on race, and in the fight for equality, gender has also been a substantial, and embarrassing
Everything we have talked about in class has prepared us for this book. We have spent a great deal of the class talking about racism, inequality, the makeup of US government systems, and if the US has changed. Our class is almost divided on how we feel about each of those topics, but this book just us more evidence for both sides of the argument. Part of the class can say this book helps to prove that racism is still big in American and the other part can use this book to say not it is not racism, but inequality is to blame. Both sides of the argument are important and one is not greater than the
This divide breaks down rational thought and strengthens misunderstanding, fear, and violence that is so prevalent in our institutions and citizens. This history leads to racial and ethnic profiling by law enforcement as a response to patterns of criminal conduct (Dobbins, 2000.) With the suppression through media the danger of one story (negative stereotypes) pervading consciousness of all people in America. There is the historical racism that is ingrained in the country and is in the subconscious of the American
In this generation, there have been millions of prejudice people in the world. Several activists have been able to assist the abolishment of racism & prejudice-ness. The hatred, stereotypes, and prejudice people will be able to be stopped. Activists and leaders, children's impacts, and changes to amendments are just a few explanations as to how segregation will come to an end.
Obama’s election, though significant, only revealed underlying racist illogicality and beliefs of those who voted for Obama but believed that in doing so they were exempted from ever committing racist conduct. When it was seen that there was a very successful black man, it gave some the illusion that America was completely fixed of all racial issues so as a result people stopped continuously working to end racial tensions. Due to this lack of attention, racial tensions started to move backward rather than forward. Furthermore, people who already have racist feelings were further aggravated and their racist perceptions strengthened with the appearance of Obama everywhere they look, such as on social media, TV and heard on the
From young we are taught that authoritative figures are right and to absorb the information presented to us without question. It is only people that are hungry for knowledge who question and take it upon themselves to discover the truth. My experience with conflicting viewpoints introduced as facts lead me to challenge the acceptance of knowledge from authoritative figures. Initiating my realization, a teacher expressed a viewpoint that was not consistent with my own. We were learning about the Civil Rights Era and racism.
Racism, Discrimination, And Segregation Racial slurs, racial profiling, and police brutality are a form of discrimination that cause a separation between minorities and White Americans. The discrimination of the African American race is still a big issue today. Racial inequality is an event embedded in people's cultures to treat other human beings like they’re less than. The African American race has been beaten down upon by many races.
But strip away the hashtag in front of your movement all of a sudden it begins to look more and more like the situation the 1960’s civil rights movement was fighting to get away from. Black Lives Matter jump to the call of racism whenever facts are presented, and by their definition of racism, only whites can be racist because blacks and minorities can’t be. But they keep pushing the narrative of that black people are killed by cops.