I Have A Dream By Martin Luther King Jr. Essay

1273 Words Sep 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
For over hundreds of years, we see racism present in our society. The main ethnicities that face racism are Native Americans, Mexican, Asians, and African Americans. African Americans fought for equality and the famous speech called “I have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. is a reminder of Civil Rights movement. In some people’s eyes, minorities are seen with contempt and pity such as Dylann Roof. Dylann Roof, is a 21-year-old White male, who conducted a mass shooting in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Double Consciousness allows a person to see society in a dominant culture’s perspective. W.E.B. Dubois’s theory about “Double Consciousness”, is proven in the events of the South Carolina mass shooting, forcing the world to see the dominant culture’s stereotypes/perceptions about the minorities in the U.S., especially African Americans. During the manhunt for Dylann Roof, the media portrayed the young man as mentally ill and normalized him, which is different how other ethnicities are perceived in the news; the media dehumanize so society would shows no sympathy towards them. For example, in the Washington Post, Anthea Butler states that, “The typical narrative to describe white, male shooters: lone, disturbed or mentally ill young men failed by society. This was not an act of just “one hateful person.” It was a manifestation of the racial hatred and white supremacy that continue to pervade our society, 50 years after the Birmingham bombing galvanized…

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