The Importance Of Racism In Society

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Racism has shaped societies since the beginning of time, as far back as the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Even then, people living in the land of Goshen were subjugated to racism because of their differences. From Hitler and the Nazis to the Southern American slave owners, prejudice of one race against another has resulted in atrocities. Racism has shaped the form of our present day societies. Racism will likely never be completely removed from our society it will always exist. However, in an effort to counteract the disease of racism, modern-day societies have drafted and enacted legislation for the sole purpose of ensuring that people treat each other with respect and dignity allowing one another their inalienable right to their pursuit of life and liberty. Although done with good intentions, legislation can only mandate man’s actions; it cannot control man’s heart and fear. Thus, society will continue to suffer from the disease of racism.
There is no doubt that we should acknowledge how far we have come as a nation since the days of slavery, Jim Crow and legalized segregation, but at the same time we should not equally lie to ourselves and act as if racial oppression has completely disappeared from the American landscape. We cannot continue to deny or erase historic and present-day American racism, our racial past and future is something that we Americans must address.
A post racial society is, in essence, an ultimate dream, but achieving the dream is the same
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