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Persuasive Essay On Racism

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Even in the land of the “free” we are still fighting to become one nation under God. So many factors divide us from achieving the ultimate goal of unity. We stand before each other fighting for change yet we have not changed the biggest issue that has continued to plague the United States, which is racism. “Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics”—Alex Haley

According to the oxford dictionary, racism is defined as prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. Hatred for African-Americans has not changed even as time progressed. It is still alive and causing more concern than ever as history continues to repeat itself. The police brutality, the stop and frisk law that only singles out majority black men, and the shootings without probable cause is causing an uproar throughout the United States. The public is starting to open their eyes to the bigger picture and agree that racism is a big problem and something needs to change. “Since 2015, the increase in perceptions of racism as a big problem has been almost entirely among Democrats, making an already wide partisan gap in these attitudes even larger.” (Neal).

Martin Luther King, Jr. Once said “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” Between 1954-1968 Dr. King demonstrated these actions
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