Effects Of Racism In America

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Racism can be defined as the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Although it may seem that racism in America has come a long way from its unsettling past, Michael Omi argues that racism in American culture has a pervasive feature in our lives. One that is both overt and inferential (Omi 538). Nowadays, American culture uses race on how to judge a person’s character. Racism is now common in music, television, and social media, it is almost impossible not to be affected by heavy implanted stereotypes. The news networks such as FOX and ABC news frequently discuss stories that are about the negative sides of races other than …show more content…
In the article “Disturbing Stats about Racial Inequality in American Public Schools,” Steven Hsieh talks about the public school systems being unfair to certain races. Public School analysts have found that children of black, Latino, and Middle East races have the least amount of access to higher level math and science classes. These actions against young children of color is contradicting to America’s constitution of being equal. “For the first time in history, the Education Department also examined school discipline at the pre-K level, finding that black students as young as four years old are already facing unequal treatment from school administrators” (Hsieh 2). Black students are suspended five times higher than white students. Because of these suspensions and mistreatments, students of the black community are afraid to come to school, have a hard time staying concentrated or studying, have trouble making friends, and start to fall behind in school work. The media displays Blacks that have no education to be thugs or criminals. They are seen as violent or dangerous. These accusations from the media affect how Americans view people from other races. Because the media, such as the News, is always showing the negative and violent parts of the Black community, white Americans have a false impression on outside races. This racism leads to …show more content…
The riots in the Black community, the police violence, and the hundreds on court cases on the deaths of Blacks due to police, are in America’s everyday news. For example, when six police officers were indicated last year in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody, it was a crisis moment for activists and residents who wanted to see the police force held accountable. Mr. Gray was never buckled in the car after his arrest and when the officers arrived with Gray in the back, he was found unresponsive and not breathing. Yet the case against Officer William G. Porter was ended in a mistrial. Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor for The Atlantic, writes in his article “Between the World and Me,” “The truth is that the police reflect America in all of its will and fear… The problem with the police is not that they are fascist pigs but that our country is ruled by majoritarian pigs” (Coates 2015). What Coates is explaining is that the American police set a certain standard that will be tolerated by Americans, specifically Blacks. This standard is taken on by American culture which results in the racism and stereotypes against black people. With the government not putting a stop to this violence, it is making it okay for the discrimination to

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