Institutional Racism And Its Effects On Blacks Essay

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This paper discusses the theme of institutional racism and its effects on blacks in America. It will show how racism has persisted in the United States from its arrival on slave ships supplying cheap labor for White capitalist. They physical bondage endured until President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." This allowed Blacks to achieve a temporary freedom from the chains of bondage, while remaining bound by the clasps of racism. For this compare and contrast paper I will be using Michael Omi and Howard Winant’s article of “Racial Formation in the United States” to show the formation of racism in the consciousness of White Americans. I will also utilize Angela Davis’ “Race and criminalization: Black Americans and the punishment industry” to show that racism has become so ingrained in the psyche of White America that it reaffirms the confinement of Blacks to bondage and again allows the capitalization of their cheap labor by White corporations.
Michael Omi and Howard Winant introduces us to institutional racism through the concept of racial formation, defined “as the sociohistorical process by which racial categories are created, inhabited transformed and destroyed”. It is further argued that it “is a process of historically situated projects in which human bodies and social structures are organized” (Omi and Winant 1986,…

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