It is farcical to say Barack Obama’s accomplishments suggests racism has become almost obsolete in

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It is farcical to say Barack Obama’s accomplishments suggests racism has become almost obsolete in the United States. “Making one individual’s achievement as historic for an entire race of people presumes that one individual signifies a restructuring of systemic, social and institutional power. One individual cannot symbolically or materially eliminate racial hierarchy or institutionalized racism.”14 Not to take away from the remarkability of the first Black President to be elected, however it is just absurd to claim that this one isolated event means that racism has faded into insignificance. “Proclaiming Obama’s victory a racial turning point [is] politically hyperbolic.”15 There are many aspects of society that must be examined to state…show more content…
Back in February, Michael Dunn was tried for the murder of Jordan Davis, a seventeen year old student, who happened to be black. “It was Jordan Davis who kept escalating this to the point where I had no choice but to defend myself,” Mr. Dunn said.2 There was no firearm found in Jordan Davis’ car, and the medical examiner testified it was unlikely Davis was standing when he was shot.3 It appears that this young man was posing no threat to Dunn, he was just playing loud music, as many teenagers do, when they are with their friends in a car. After Dunn shot at the teens ten times he left the scene of the incident, it is shocking how little regard this man has for the life of a group of young people. His actions were unjustified, so why did this happen? The facts of this case are undeniable, Davis was a young black man that was profiled by Dunn to be as a kid that was doing something wrong and Dunn acted on his anger quickly and with little or no provocation. Afterwards, he was so indifferent to what he had done he did not call the police but instead fled the scene. What causes an individual to believe that it is acceptable to treat other human beings with so little regard? Cases such as these paint a picture of the opinions and thought processes of the general public. They tell us, the life of a young boy is lessened because of his ethnicity. How can we, as a nation, even consider racism as a declining issue when there are occurrences such as

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