What makes people unequal to others in their mind? Many think others are unequal because they are simply different from them. The possibilities on being different from another person are almost infinite, but most often, and not limited to, are race, religion, gender, sexuality, or just being an outcast. Looking at just the United States, it is a huge melting pot based on immigration throughout history. Being an immense melting pot is a blessing and a curse; while it creates cultural diversity, it also creates discrimination, which America is notoriously known for.
In todays time race is a touchy topic in the United States as a whole. When people are asked about race and racism, everybody says that it does not exist in the developed country like the United States. That’s were they are wrong and are probably down playing the situation. Race and racism is a major part of America that affects everybody and everything. Some people think that race is connected to biology, probably those people have not read about biology or the history of race.
During the course of volunteering with various service organizations, I have observed discrimination on several occasions. Discrimination and Civil rights are principles that will always be unfinished, not because of a lack of government support, but because of a failure to change the opinion of most Americans. To this day, I find that discrimination is still a concept difficult to explain to a person of Caucasian heritage, for they have not experienced prejudice or a denial of rights. In my opinion, America has not fully embraced or complied with the Civil Rights Act.
In the essay, “A Genealogy of Modern Racism”, the author Dr. Cornel West discusses racism in depth, while conveying why whites feel this sense of superiority. We learn through his discussion that whites have been forced to treat black harshly due to the knowledge that was given to them about the aesthetics of beauty and civility. This knowledge that was bestowed on the whites in the modern West, taught them that they were superior to all races tat did not emulate the norms of whites. According to Dr. West the very idea that blacks were even human beings is a concept that was a “relatively new discovery of the modern West”, and that equality of beauty, culture, and intellect in blacks remains problematic and controversial in intellectual circles
Discrimination: One or more group of people (separated by ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, gender, age, physical ability, religious, or other cultural differences) being systematically mistreated by those with social/fiscal power (Martin & Nakayama, 2014, 62) Discrimination can be instituted by entire communities, social and political establishments, or on an individual basis. b. Ethnocentrism often motivates prejudice, in that one who believes their culture is superior might take steps to enforce that believe and oppress those of inferior cultures. Ethnocentrism can also be reinforced by stereotypes, because if one subscribes to stereotypes that others are lazier, stupider, less capable, or more negative than themselves then they might
Prejudice, it’s something humans all do naturally. Everybody, no matter what race, appearance and family history, have some level of prejudice against others. In the novel Of Mice and Men, Curley’s wife, Candy, and Crooks are discriminated against, ‘picked on’ and there are certain degrees of prejudice they are treated with. These characters are crucial in providing the audience or the reader with evidence that prejudice is a human fault and the way in which these characters were treated, is to be expected. Curley’s wife is a prime example of the type and degree of sexism and discrimination that women during that time were treated with.
Some may think that racism and prejudice are things of the past. They believe that since a couple people gave a few speeches, and because it is no longer socially acceptable to refer to an African- American as n*!@$%, that prejudice people no longer remain. However, this is not true. Discrimination happens in different forms everyday. Overtime it has improved, and this is shown in the books To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help.
“The New Jim Crow offers a devastating account of a legal system doing its job perfectly well. We have simply replaced one caste system with another one.” — Forbes Magazine “The New Jim Crow” sheds light on the racial amplitude within the war on drugs. It contends that federal drug policies unfairly target minorities, i.e. people of color. Due to this discrimination, people of color, black men particularly, are kept in a never ending cycle of living in poverty or behind bars.
Stop the Hate Throughout any person’s life, they will face some form of bigotry. Many will experience this discrimination directed toward themselves but most will experience the injustice from a bystander’s perspective. As a white male living in an upper-middle-class suburb, predominantly populated with other white people, nearly all of the discrimination that I face comes from the bystander’s perspective. Every athlete has heard the different stereotypes about which race is better at which sport.
From the slavery of African and Native American slaves to Jim Crow laws that dominated the South in the 20th century to police brutality that currently plagues the country, race has always been divisive in America. White, African-American, Asian, Latino are all races or ethnicities that create not only a division between people, but an expected societal role. What happens when two of those divisive categories combine? What is their new label? Do they have a new role?
America, as full of mixed races as it can be, carries on racial discrimination since the beginning. Black men and women were perceived as unequal to those with light skin and placed far below them, serving for those with pale skin as slaves. They were kept unknowledgeable and mistreated till around Lincoln’s presidency when slaves were freed and black men were given the same rights as white men. However, years of slavery had planted a negative connotation on all of America, convincing white people that they were superior. Segregation was abolished in the 1960’s when the Civil Rights Movement took place, allowing black people to have the same rights as any other American citizen.