Racial Bias as a Basis for Discrimination Essay

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Race is a prominent social issue due to the fact that people use racial differences as a basis for discrimination. Even some of today's racism can be traced to the colonialism era of the1400s. Once the Europeans colonized Africa and America the white settlers followed the idea that they were superior race and thought that it was their moral obligation to make the “savages” which were the other races more civilized. It was through this notion that they justified their taking of the native’s land and enslaving the people. As for the African American population fast-forwarding some years in history the 19th century included institutionalized racism and legal discrimination for African Americans. Even though they were given the right to vote during this time they were still withheld from the opportunities to do so because of the fact that there were racist groups such as the KKK who threatened them not to share their opinion; the South had Jim Crow laws against the African Americans. Although racism may seem to be something that is quite natural or even inevitable people must realize that it is not. It has been proven that throughout history there have been many instances where people have learned to co-exist in a peaceful manner. For example in the time of the Middle Ages the Europeans admired the ideals and traditions of China and Africa because at that point in time they were considered much more of an advanced culture. In Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man he writes to…