Recently, there has been much debate over an athlete's right to stand or kneel during the national anthem. The
“You can’t delete racism. It’s like a cigarette. You can’t stop smoking if you don’t want to, and you can’t stop racism if people don’t want to. But I’ll do everything I can to help” ( Mario Balotelli)
On April 29, 2017 Jordan Edwards, unarmed, was leaving a house party that was getting “out of hand”. He was fatally shot and killed while in the car leaving with his brother and three other unarmed teenagers. Jordan was considered a great student and he was liked by many of his teachers and classmates. This is just one of the many times police officers have fatally shot someone that was unarmed and just happened to be black. Police racism is a very big problem in America. The killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Walter Scott are other examples of police racism and brutality as well.
Prejudice is“an opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.” In the United States, black people could not sit in the front of buses or use the same water fountains as white people until the 1950s and 1960s, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese that lived in the US were rounded up and put into camps because of the war with Japan and the holocaust happened because of a prejudice towards jewish, homosexual and disabled people. Those are all historical examples of prejudice. And I would like to think that we have learned from our history, but there’s still prejudice happening around the world today. Maybe not as large of a scale as say, the holocaust, (But people are still denying that it happened, and that’s less than a
“ According to the National Association of Social Workers Web site, racism is “the ideology or practice through demonstrated power or perceived superiority of one group over others by reasons of race, color, ethnicity, or cultural heritage....” The definition further goes on to note that “racism is manifested at the individual, group, and institutional level.” (Blank, 2013)
How would you feel if your parents constructed you, would you feel dehumanized, or how about deprived of your individuality? Advances in medicine, like designer babies, are not beneficial because designer babies can only be used by the rich, babies lose their individuality, and genes are not perfect. The only reason the rich can use this is because it cost $100,000. If you decide to create your own baby you could change anything from their hair color to what diseases they get. Genes are not perfect because not all diseases can be cured by this process and people think this process can cure any diseases they do not want their child to have.
Today, many of us are taught from an early age that talking about race, even acknowledging it is a big no-no. It’s something that you shouldn’t do according to some people. It’s easy to understand why “color blindness” in some ways make sense because race in general, is an uncomfortable thing to talk about. “Because of the prevalence and history of racism, just the word ‘race’ can conjure negative connotations” (Dinesh 74). It’s a subject that has the ability to thicken the air with tension at any given moment. If someone told me that color is something they look past, I personally would have a hard time believing them.
We have come to the point where we realise that the people who are subject to racism are being unjustifiably treated - however, perhaps it is time to also realise that in reality, no one benefits from racism. Not the people who are subject to it, nor the people who practice it. It is a cruel weapon, aimed in every direction - and no one escapes its consequences. Perhaps by raising the awareness of racism’s detrimental effect on society, we can finally join together to bring the changes needed. Whatever reasoning one has to make, it is clear that racism has to stop. Neverthless, never forget that those who are subject to racism are the ones who suffer the
Fifty years ago, a black American woman named Rosa Parks refused to leave her seat on a bus she was riding on her way to her home in Montgomery, Alabama, in the United States after finishing a busy day working as a tailor. The Jim Crow laws in the States at the time stipulated that blacks pay the ticket price from the front door, board the bus from the back door, and sit in the back seats, while the whites have the front seats. It's even one of the rights of the driver order the black seated passengers to leave their seats in order to be seated by a white person. That day, Parks deliberately didn't give up her seat to one of the white passengers and insisted on her position, simply refusing to give up her right to sit on the seat she chose. The driver summoned police officers who arrested her for violating the law.
I was in a lecture at my school. The theme was “Racism and Religious Intolerance in Brazil”. A black movement activist was participating in this talk and asked: "Who here thinks that Brazil is a racist country"? Almost everyone in the auditorium raised their hands, only one boy did not raise his hand, and this caused some discomfort to most of those present at that lecture, and I include myself in that as well, I was feeling nervous by that, how can a person think that a country that has lived less than ¼ of its history free from slavery is not a racist country? Until I heard a new question: "Who here considers themselves racist?" Only three students from the 120 presents in
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite”( Mandela 1995). Today, racism limits students success by lowering self-esteem, causing depression, creating a divide among students, causing judgements, creating conflict, and making students feel unsafe.
Racism has continually been each an device of discrimination and a device of exploitation. but it manifests itself as a cultural phenomenon, prone to cultural answers, which includes multicultural education and the promoting of ethnic identities.
Racism has been a long part of human history. Although slavery had ended 100 years earlier, African Americans in Mississippi had been kept in subjugation for decades through a system known as “Jim Crow.” And the social, political, and economic right of blacks were suppressed through violence and other forms of intimidation. Racism seems like an inseparable part of the history of human beings and it has been portrayed as one of the serious problems in every social layer in different forms.
We have knew that racism can occur both explicitly and discreetly, but what urges and individual to be a racist or to commit racism. Racism can be caused by three factors. It can be through an individual’s mental capacity, emotional