Essay on Racism Is Not A Problem Anymore

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Some people believe racism is not a problem anymore. This is not true. Despite a prevailing attitude that we live in a post-racial society in the United States, prejudice is pervasive and informs every aspect of our society. Racism, specifically anti-black sentiment, is not only alive in the present day, but heavily and disturbing prevalent. Post-racial societies don’t feature anti-blackness, deliberate appropriation of black culture, and rampant police brutality that is directed towards the black community. James Baldwin said, “to be Black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.” This is true. A post-racial society is “a highly structured system of human organization for large-scale community living that normally furnishes protection, continuity, security, and a national identity for its members” (Dictionary) in which racism is viewed as not existing whatsoever anymore or as a non-issue. In the United States, the postmark in post-racial is widely considered as the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act is a “civil rights bill to end racial discrimination and segregation in public accommodations, public education, and federally assisted programs.” (“Landmark Legislation: The Civil Rights Act of 1964”). In contrast, the passage of this bill is actually a candid view of the mentality of many racists. If a federal law was necessary to ‘end’ racism, that means that there was an issue in the first place. Issues and states of mind don’t just…

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