Racism And Racial Discrimination

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Is racism discrimination alone or does power and control must be added to equal to racism? Racism is bigger than personal prejudice. I agree with Reni when she states that racism can only come from a structured society and institution that can negatively affect other people's life choices and circumstances. Black people do not have the power and control to affect the outcome of someone's life therefore we can't be racist. White people can disconnect and deny "white privilege" because the current system offers them no discomfort. A system rigged in the favor of whites appears to be left untouched because change would mean the elimination of their comfort. If you consider slavery, because the south benefited from the labor of blacks in all…show more content…
Anxieties of those who fear black liberation. Filled with fears about race, retaliation, reparations and revenge. Criminality and blackness became intertwined and stop and frisk was one of the best indicators of racial criminal profiling. Black people were disproportionately targeted and about 17x more likely to be stopped. It was a confirmation that white people associated crime with black people. If something is stolen and there is only one black person in the room, all heads indistinctly turn to him/her. He/she is guilty until proven innocent or at minimum until some decent white person comes forward and admits guilt or attempts to defend him/her. The affirming of our innocence from a white person seems to offer us some form of legitimacy. Doubts may remain, but the case can now move forward. Let's say there isn't a solution found in what one would consider to be a reasonable enough time, there is no doubt that he/she will be brought back up for reconsideration. Now say our innocence is proven (not assumed), the apology is usually shit." We'd like to apologize, but you know Tom's been here for years and we would have never assumed him to do something like that." Regardless of your tenure and no matter how many times you thought you were a part of the "Good Ol' Boys" club you were always being watched. There is always a moment that will arise that shows you where you…show more content…
Having no understanding of who they are and why they've been unfortunate enough to be where they are. The negative portrayals of people who look like them in the media distorts the opinions of themselves, their friends and family. From an early age black children suffer from low self-esteem and struggle with their identity as it relates to the world. As they grow up they don't see an improvement in their lifestyle, they understand the ghetto to be home. Many are not given the opportunity to understand life outside of their home. Everything different from their home because a fantasy world that never assume they can be a part of. At this point the black mind is crippled and as Trevor Noah states in Born a Crime, "Why show him the world when he is never going to leave the ghetto? If he leaves the ghetto, he will know that the ghetto is not the world." So now said child is in high school and believes he/she has 3 options; military, college or stay back and work. Every child in the ghetto must come to a decision in this but the thought process isn’t as simple as it would be for many. To go to the military means to live a life of discipline under the management of a community of people who have no true regard of their life, but it provides stability and an opportunity for the family to move out of the current situation. To choose college is to choose a longstanding battle with debt because there are no resources available to pay for
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