Post Racial Discrimination

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Discrimination of immigrants and race have been points of interest in American society for decades after the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The question still stands if society exists in a post-racist and non-discriminatory state. The idea of a post-racist and non-discriminatory society is absurd in light of the disparities that exist among the races and immigrants in America; although, these differences do not stem from direct discrimination being factored into laws and culture anymore, rather they come from socioeconomics, existing history, and circumstances of the race or immigrant in question. The exceptions to pre-existing circumstances give hope to equalization, yet they do not guarantee it to be an end result. Racism and prejudice …show more content…
His election does not have enough substantial impact for the long run to change the racial divide in America. Lydia Lum writes that Obama’s election is like Brown vs. Board of Education which promised a “post-racial” America, and it did not deliver as can be observed in the education system across the country that has become as segregated as it used to be because of housing differences. Obama cannot be used to show the plight of an entire people and community because he is an outlier versus the conditions of many African-Americans; however, his election can be used to further the progress of reducing the racial divide. A single event can change history, but the support needed must come through and remain for it to work. His election cannot be squandered like Brown v. Board of Education. Truly, it does show the progression of society becoming more integrated as a …show more content…
If it is not caused from life experiences, the idea of being prejudice tends to extend from unintentional bias where people have a certain leaning. The concept of being prejudice towards race comes from the teacher’s experiment with her students showing that many prejudices towards race extend from one group being told they are superior to another. By placing the superiority complex in her students, she showed in real-time the effects and terrible treatment people receive because of their differences. Although, the practice of teaching white children they are superior to other races has become outdated and less common. Mahzarin Banaji said in an interview with Shankar Vendantam, providing assistance to a person that shares some form of the same group identity is the modern form of discrimination and prejudice. This prejudice extends not from a superiority complex, rather it comes from people relating to another because of their shared background. People are more comfortable with something they can identify with and relate to, and they will still block out from their mind other people. We show a preference towards similar people while pushing others away because they are not of the same familiarity. In essence, people naturally express favoritism that does not correlate with race. However, stereotypes are another form of prejudice that still exists in society. Stereotypes tend to be

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