Racism, Racism And The Civil Rights Movement

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Racism is Evident in American Society Today
The history of the United States in regard to racism and discrimination is no secret. Children are taught about segregation, slavery, and the Civil Rights Movement like the events were purely in the past. In part the events were in the past; however, the results of said events are not. As Americans, we live in a nation with a rough history and, in order to keep growing together, we cannot forget what has happened. Granted, racism is not extinct, but it is most definitely not the norm it was 50 years ago. Many people are not aware of how much racism still exists in our schools, workforces, and anywhere else where social lives are occurring. According to Derrick Bell’s book, Faces at the Bottom of the Well, Bell uses fiction stories to show that racism still exist but has a different form. In American society, racism is still evident today in racial symbols, covert racism and affirmative action. The racial symbols are used in various ways, including holidays, representing people and movements. People assume that by having an Independence Day, every person has the right to be free while some people are still afraid when it comes to freedom. “The fact is, though, that most whites and lots of black folks rely on symbols to support their belief that black person has come a long way since slavery and segregation to the present time.” Black History month will be a great example, back then people were happy that those kinds of holidays
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