Racism : A Part Of American Culture For Over 400 Years Essay

1171 Words Jan 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Racism has been a part of American culture for over 400 years. With the abolishment of slavery in 1865 and the official ending of segregation in 1964, it can be argued that much of white America continues to be one with racism. Although subtle and passive in most cases, racism is very much a consistent influence in our society. Examples of this is readily seen in our judicial system and supported through mainstream media. Race, along with economic status, are two prevailing factors of influence determining what we hear, perceive and understand about ourselves and others. Although we would like to believe that these discriminations are no longer at the core of this country, we have no other choice but to accept the evidence presented before us. Whites are granted definite privileges, including and especially within the judicial system while blacks and other minorities are denied basic constitutional rights, leaving them presumed guilty before trial via media and other sources.
The media supplies abundant support in their endeavors to persecute minorities while simultaneously pampering the criminal behavior of whites. Stories are told one sided and in half truths to sway the opinions of its readers and viewers. In addition, some cases are completely ignored or minimally publicized to protect the wealthy white. Blacks are typically labeled as thugs, rioters, looters, and criminals, while whites are usually considered zealous protestors, disgruntle citizens, or victims of…

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