Racism: A Historical and Social Construct in America Essay

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Racism, will it ever end? The answer is probably not. The United States of America was set up on the basis of race. Even many years ago European settlers looked down upon the Native Americans as inferior. Years later in today’s modern society, racism still exists, although we may not fully realize it. Many people are not aware of how much racism still exists in our schools workforces, and anywhere else where social lives are occurring. Using our sociological imagination, we are capable of applying the role of race to any situation. However, in some situations, race does not play a covert role; it plays a crucial and obvious role. In “Film Shows Students Battle Racism for Mixed Prom”, Michelle Nichols stated, “As Barack Obama campaigned to …show more content…
Du Bois argued for a sociopolitical definition of race by identifying “the color line” as the “problem of the 20th century.” However, the color line still seems to be the problem in the 21st century. Cathy j. Tashiro in “Mixed but Not Matched”, argues that although there is more genetic heterogeneity within than between the groups we call “races”, the belief in race seems to have a power and life of its own. Parents of white students who attend Charleston high school believe blacks to be inferior; their beliefs in race allow them to freely and openly discriminate against African Americans. In "Race as Biology Is Fiction, Racism as a Social Problem Is Real", Audrey Smedley states, “Race was, from its inception, a folk classification, a product of popular beliefs about human differences that evolved from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.” The residents of Mississippi hold onto a kind of rabid prejudice and a mind-set that is extremely hard to change. Oliver C. Cox in "Race, Caste and Class" states, “Modern prejudice is a divisive attitude seeking to alienate dominant group sympathy from an ‘inferior’ race, a whole people, for the purpose of facilitating its exploitation.” The white residents of Mississippi are alienating and isolating African Americans by…

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