In today’s society racism is still present and it still negatively impacts citizen’s lives.
Having a racist mindset leads someone into believing that white people are the most dominant, while the african-american race is seen as horrifying and weak. As years go by people tend to change what race and racism really mean. According to Sharon E. Watkins: “Race is complicated, and has an individual aspect of prejudice.
The reality that generations of racist attitudes are now woven into our systems and institutions like poisonous threads, hurting us all (Watkins, 2015)”. Racism is spreading and it’s everyone’s job to end it and make peace not war. “Racism exists when one ethnic group or historically collectivity dominates, excludes, or seeks to eliminate another on the basis of differences that it believes are hereditary and alterable (Frederickson, 2003)”. Racism wasn’t present in other cultures or in Europe before the Middle Ages era. But around the thirteenth through sixteenth centuries, certain religions would do acts that were considered racist. An example of this was how the Jews identified themselves, representing the devil and doing witchcraft were signs from a racist point of view. “An official sanction for such attitudes came in the 16th century Spain when Jews converted to christianity and their descendants became the victims of a pattern of discrimination and exclusion (Fredrickson, 2003).”Various groups have been affected by racism as well such as African-Americans, Native Americans, and Japanese Americans.
They were mostly excluded from education, voting rights, citizenship, immigration, and criminal behavior. Native americans received racism from the Europeans just because they were trying to conquer the native americans land. Which is wrong in the first place because it was their home, but the Europeans never thought that the native americans were the first group to colonize that land. The Europeans believed that “the original inhabitants of America were heathens and savages who needed to be civilized through Christianity and European culture (Siddiqui, 2018).” As African-Americans were brought to America in the 17th century they arrived as slaves and had slave owners who were white. Most were kidnapped from their homes in several parts of Africa and separated from families.
This is what always gets to me the most because it’s wrong to even come to someone’s home unannounced and using violence to force someone out of their homes, scaring the children and murdering is sickening to me. “While not all africans in america were slaves, a large number were, particularly in the southern states (Siddiqui, 2018).” “With Japan’s December 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, racism against Japanese-Americans intensified. Like Muslims after the 9/11 attacks, Japanese-Americans were targets of harassment, discrimination, and government surveillance (Siddiqui, 2018).
” This all lead them to being enemies of the state, some of the troops were born on U.S soil but never been to Japan, and half of the people that were sent to the camps were kids.Heading forward to the 21st century we tend to look back on the past and think of that old saying “the past is the past” or “history doesn’t repeat itself” when I believe it does. When we really look at our world today, do we think about the changes that were made or if situations still feel the same? Well, as an african-american woman I am happy that there is no segregation and personally I was never disrespected by the color of my skin. When I see racism happen though such as racist comments someone made towards another individual, I take action because it’s childish to hate someone just because of their skin color.
Not everyone should look the same and I’m glad that God created diverse people, it shows how various cultures have traditions and how many people have different personalities. Sadly though we have a president who has made numerous racist remarks to the African culture, Native Americans, Hispanics. “President Trump has returned time and again to language that is racially charged as well as insensitive and highly offensive.
Trump asked why the United States would accept immigrants from “horrible” countries in Africa and the Caribbean, rather than people from places like Norway (LA Times).” “Donald Trump supposedly disavowed his endorsement from David Duke who was a former leader of the KKK (Ku Klux Klan), Trump even refused to do a interview on national T.V. to say he didn’t want the vote of Duke or other white supremacists (LA Times).
” Our country needs to wake up and realize what type of president we have, he doesn’t care about certain races but his. A new form of racism is progressing and it’s between people of the Middle Eastern culture and religion. Everyone needs to notice that racism is everywhere some people don’t want to believe it. For instance, everything that Trump says, his supporters will believe him.
During on of his campaign rallies in Louisville, Kentucky a young African American woman was being pushed around for no reason by his supporters. Did Trump ever stop and say anything? Not at all and what made the situation worse was he saw what was happening and proceeded with his speech. Furthermore, Donald Trump isn’t good for our country and some people would disagree with this but I would never support anyone who disrespects other races. As I mentioned before in today’s society racism is still evolving and it’s sad that in the United States people tend to brag about “The American Dream” and how America is so great and we have freedom when it doesn’t feel like that at times.
You can’t express your rights without getting bashed by someone. For example, Colin Kaepernick who you used to be the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, received a tremendous amount of hate for kneeling during the anthem. At first I thought he was doing it for attention but then I realized what his message was about. Colin Kaepernick kneels because of the weak justice system we have. Over the years police officers have been shooting unarmed African American males. I hate hearing stories about a cop getting away with murder. Trayvon Martin wasn’t killed by a police officer but he was killed by an armed man who saw Trayvon as a “thug” just because he had his hoodie on.
Michael Brown was shot by a police officer and the officer never received any type of punishment and many other innocent victims shot by police officers. “Police and law enforcement officials killed at least 223 black Americans in the year after Kaepernick first began to protest. Police shot and killed 978 people in the year-long period that followed Kaepernick’s protest. Police have also killed 84 black americans since the day Kaepernick became a free agent (Waldron, 2017).” For Kaepernick to get so much hate it’s sad that people didn’t understand the real message behind this, most people saw it as “disrespecting” the american flag. Since some people act like they know everything this isn’t one of them and this is what causes more outrage over a situation that does need to be solved but some people are blind to see it.
I stand with Colin Kaepernick because it’s not right for these officers to get away with everything just because they are wearing a badge. It’s their job to serve and protect, not get trigger happy and nervous. I hope Colin Kaepernick continues to stand for his rights and spread nothing but peace.Overall, I hate to see that we are in 2018 and America is still facing racial issues.
We had great leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks fight for our rights and fighting to end segregation. If they were still alive today, they would be probably be disappointed but would still fight and express their rights! When exactly is it enough though? We as a nation need to come together and make peace regardless of our skin color, we all bleed the same color.