Doomed : Repeat The Past

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Andrea Acosta
Mrs. Hart
Creative Writing
16 September 2014
Doomed to Repeat the Past
- Racism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races. It is the systematic oppression of people who did not set up the system of oppression (i.e. white people vs. every other POC). This system is not just institutionalized but embedded into every fabric of society from the education system, justice system, media, etc. The oppressors begin to spread their hatred through propaganda, legislation, and stereotypes, which begin to affect even the oppressed who learn to despise themselves and their culture. The oppressors lead the destruction of their lands, the genocide of their people, enslavement, low wealth and social standings amongst others because of the stereotypes that the oppressor has perpetuated. There are different types of racism: casual, institutional, and societal. Casual racism are the little jokes about race that are subtle and/or reflected in everyday life. Institutional racism is racism enacted by the government, media, or any other industry with laws or lack of representation because of any internalized/externalized racial bias. Societal racism is the racism that society is comfortable with and doesn’t seem to want to change because of the racist ideals set in place (stop and frisk, stand your ground, etc.).
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