Race has been a dominant, defining factor in both the 20th and 21st centuries. It has been a reason for missed job opportunities, unequal treatment, harassment, and even murder. In today’s society, race discrimination is still having a heavy effect on the lives of individuals with different colors of skin. Although some progress has been made, the treatment of different races can be brutal still today. There are stories featured in the news everyday about the mistreatment of an African American or the stereotypical harassment of a hispanic person. What has improved, is the way society is handling these relations and discriminations of race. This improvement is clear when you compare the treatment of the victim in the 1930’s
As Americans, it is our duty and responsibility to learn how to work together and accept each other’s diversity. Despite, all of us coming from a different cultural heritage, as Americans we now form and share a new common culture. America has been described as a big melting pot because our country is a place where many different cultures have come together to blend as one whole. Our shared American culture is supposed to be described as one that is built on the ideals of freedom, human equality, tolerance, and the respect for each other’s differences; all of this is what is suppose to make our nation so significant, sadly this is not the case for our nation. Throughout our American history we have learned about racial discrimination events that have taken place against African-Americans like slavery, the Civil War, the lynching and race riots caused by the Ku Klux Klan, the Jim Crow Laws and many other events; the Black Lives Matter movement has exploited these events in addition to racism, stereotypes, and the hate our country still contains within its people and the modern American society.
Everybody has watched on the breaking news how has someone gotten killed for racial discrimination, but have you ever been aware of the connotation of this problem? Nowadays racial discrimination is not a social problem from the past and everyone can be a victim. This controversial issue still ingrained in our inherited misconceived perceptions, and it has an increasing connotation on people lives and society. That being said, in order to arise awareness about racial discrimination, we must acknowledge its impact on individuals, how to confront it and the values of cultural diversity.
Others may not be as blatant. We can correlate this situation to a situation where the minority, that included a young black man, was speaking out against injustice against people of color. Martin Luther King Jr., on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial said, “I hope that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This small portion of his “I Have a Dream” speech symbolizes the entire goal of the civil rights movement. Mr. King hoped that his children would be judged by their character and their soul, not by unchangeable factors like skin color, or in this case gender. I have a mother, a grandmother, aunts, a girlfriend, and future daughters who will live on this earth and in this country. This issue is important to me because I don’t want my family and future family to be treated unfairly because of their gender, but treated according to their heart. Cheryl Hughes, a black divorced mother, became an engineer. Throughout her career she lost over 1 million dollars compared the large male majority that she worked with, because she was an African American women.Link Compared to a dollar paid to a man, white women make 79 cents, while hispanic and black women make 55 cents on the dollar. Link This simple fact underscores the bias against women and even more so, against women of color. It is important to know this because we cannot fix the problem completely until we collect every detail and facet of it. Finally, this connects with Dr. King’s quote because we have come a long way in the journey to live in a world where we are judged by our mind and morals. There are many more obstacles regarding women that we must overcome. But with Dr. King’s vision and Jim Hightower’s advice to try and try again we will get to equality for all genders and
There are approximately 7 billion people in this world. Each person has a unique combination of traits such as skin tone, face shape, body type, eye color, hair color, and other characteristics. These traits vary due to genetics, environmental factors, and much more. An individual 's race is defined by their physical characteristics and how they differ among others. Race is not defined by the way an individual behaves or portrays themselfes; it is based strictly off of their physical traits. Since America was founded, race has played a significant role in the relations of the citizens in this country. For decades, different races have been stereotyped and been prejudice towards one another, without realizing how invalid their judgements are. Specifically, African Americans have been discriminated by caucasians in America since it’s founding. It began by the enslaving of African Americans, and today, the discrimination and inequality is more hidden in society. Although America has made significant progress in overcoming racial inequality in the country, many African Americans are still being subject to hardships that Caucasian Americans do not face, especially in regards to the justice system.
In the United States today discrimination is still an issue in society. As a society progress has definitely been made, but it has never fully gone away. Some of the most discriminatory action takes place in the American justice system. Young minority males between the ages of 25-29 are subject to being treated the most unfairly while whites of the same age are still being treated better than any race in this country. African American and Hispanic males are being incarcerated at higher rates than white males in America. Not only are minorities being incarcerated more, but also they are subject to harsher sentencing terms, fall victim to police racial profiling, and have disparities in the war on drugs. Also whites are still the dominant
Over the years, the face of racism has taken on many forms. In present day America, racism is a very taboo subject. It a common view that racism is not a big issue anymore, given the large strides that we, as a country have made towards equality. However, the inequalities that still exist between races point to a different situation. Instead of the blatantly discriminatory acts that our nation has witnessed in the past, modern racism practices are more covert and seemingly nonracial, making this kind of discrimination seem more acceptable and politically correct. The Civil Rights Movement forced society to implement a new, subtler way to perpetuate racial inequality. In Racism Without Racists, Bonilla-Silva describes the justification
Not only this article alarms society that Racial Profile's should be banned, but also, in the article "The Color of Justice", David Cole expresses and supports this point. Cole starts in a good way
“No one is born hating another person because the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People 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.” – Nelson Mandela. In today’s society, minorities deal with racial issues such as racial profiling, racial bullying in institutions, and because of these racial attitudes, groups and movements have formed due to these acts. To this day, society is still burdened with many people who do not fully grasp the concept of equality; because of this, outdated racial attitudes are still an ongoing issue in modern society.
I think that my group should use #RacialJustice as our hashtag. It connects both MLK’s speech as well as the personal connections aspect of our performance. MLK states during his speech that America has done the Negros a major injustice. He makes many references to justice and how he wants justice to be served to his race. It is also a connector to the personal connection aspect, as ‘racial justice’ does not specify race, but promotes equality and justice for all races. In the personal connection, the Claude Watson girls volleyball team is discriminated for being mostly asian. The hashtag promotes racial equality for Negros, Asians, and all races.
Racial issues have never ceased being an important topic in America. A time with heavy impact on racial issues is between the early 20th century through the end of World War II. During this time, we see the discrimination of many groups. From the effects of Jim Crow laws on African Americans, to harsh immigration laws, to Japanese internment during WWII, racial issues were on fire and basically anyone who was not White was under fire.
Discrimination has been around for too long and needs to be dealt with. This act is not right, God is the only one who should be judging anyone. A different skin tone or race should mean nothing, everyone should be treated equal. African Americans still to this day, receive employment discrimination. More companies prefer to hire White
Many are unaware of the effects that race has played in their lives over the years. Some may not understand its implications, but are very oblivious to it. Race can influence such things like attitude and behavior. Nowadays being white or black means something more than just a Crayola color. No longer are they just colors, they are races with their own rules and regulations. People of color have been inferior to the white race for centuries. In their own way Zora Neale Hurston shows this concept in her story “How it feels to be Colored Me” as does Richard Wright in his autobiographical sketch “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow”.
The racial issue even in the 21st century continue to be a subject that still is present and significant even though we tend to say that racism and other forms of discrimination are prohibited by law and illegal still even in the US the country of all freedoms people face everyday racism, discrimination and humiliation
“I believe discrimination still exists in society and we must fight it in every form,” as stated by Andrew Cuomo the current governor of New York. All throughout history, discrimination has been an underlying issue and is one that must be stopped and fixed. Throughout time African-Americans have been the most notable victims of discrimination. Dating back to the early seventeenth century, blacks have been discriminated and enslaved for absolutely no reason. There have been many attempts to end the discrimination, but as hard as people try this is an issue that seems unconquerable. Despite the fact that the Jim Crow era has passed, it is evident from history and peoples experiences that racial discrimination still does exist today.