Persuasive Essay On Racism

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“I have a dream 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 was part of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. said on August 28, 1963. Almost 54 years later this dream has still not been accomplished. People get judged on their skin color and many other things all the time and it isn’t right. Not everybody of the same race, or religion, or sexual orientation are all the same. Racism is a horrible, horrible thing that many people in America experience. Racism and slavery go back many, many years ago. All the way back starting in the 17th century. Since then we have had the Trail of Tears during…show more content…
Increased mental health problems were shown to be significantly higher among racial minorities who’d experienced repeated incidents of racial discrimination, when compared to ethnic minorities who did not report any experience of racism. Now back in the Reconstruction Era, after the Civil War, a black person could look at a white person the wrong way and be killed for it. This government and police brutality still affects us today. A study by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that over the past 50 years, the risk of a young black man in the United States dying due to law enforcement action ranged from at least 3 to 10 times higher that a risk for a young white man. Also around a third of America’s population is comprised of people of color, yet they account for nearly two-thirds of the prison population. 1 in 3 black men will go to prison at some point in their lives. Noam Chomsky once said “The police can go to downtown Harlem and pick up a colored kid with a joint in the street. But they can’t go into the elegant apartments and get a white stockbroker who’s sniffing cocaine.” Not only do we have to worry about police brutality but also hate crimes. Nearly half of all hate crimes in America have to do with race. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 47% of hate crimes are racially motivated. Second place, a tie between religion and sexual orientation, doesn’t even come close, accounting for 19% of hate crimes. There are hate

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