Racism In Uncle Sam

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For years, race has been a subject of controversy between those of different color. We can trace racial discrepancies in America back to the latter half of the 1800s, and still over 200 years later, struggles with race exist in the form of prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry. Adam Zyglis’s “Race and America” political cartoon demonstrates the correlation between America’s symbolic Uncle Sam and the issues of strife amongst the diverse cultures, both in appearance and belief, in order to depict the struggle of present day race relations. The first issue Uncle Sam stumbles over is the issue of prejudice. Specifically, descriptive words such as “hardworking,” “violent,” and “lazy” are coined to different perspectives when attributed to Hispanic …show more content…
Accordingly, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in regards to the perception of fair treatment that differs across racial groups, there is a substantial disparity between black and white percentages in all facets of the community, which include- dealing with the police: +33% Black-White difference, at work: +38% Black-White difference, in public: +36% Black-White difference, in obtaining health care: +33% Black-White difference, and when voting in elections: +36% Black-White difference (Patten). Notably, socially sanctioned privileges are granted to certain races as opposed to others. Ultimately, White Americans are thought to have more positive benefits to their lives than African Americans or Hispanic Americans in general because of the history of discrimination in America. In the view of the U.S. Human Rights Network, a network of scores of U.S. civil rights and human rights organizations, "Discrimination permeates all aspects of life in the United States, and extends to all communities of color" (“Discrimination”). Ultimately, the spotlight is always on with issues of race. In settings dealing with the above situations, there always exists a position of authority and competition, which is unacceptable to the lower-ranking individual or group when the authority is with the other

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