The Effects Of Racism

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Racism and its lingering effects have long been debated by people of color as the root of evil. Many times if it doesn’t affect you directly; you may not understand the significance of racism. I believe that I hold some bias due to my race and social class. Denial is thoughts believed and what one perceives as real based on one’s own thoughts. One white American may believe in denial while another may not. It would be absurd to assume that everyone in some way has not heard another express their views in which some amount of prejudice helped form it. Depending on the situation and participants involved; emotions run wild and in effect a prejudice maybe born. In my experiences, there is a tendency for white people to ignore the notion …show more content…
There will always be people on each end of the spectrum and always be those that cling to the race card at work or in a social setting to gain sympathy or look for a justified excuse to rationalize displeasing situations. At what point do we assume responsibility for one’s actions versus depending upon one’s skin color? I was raised to acknowledge that every action has a reaction and consequences aren’t always in our favor. It is not fair to say that every consequence you experience because of an action has to deal with one’s race. Life as a whole is unfair and everyone goes through hardships and setbacks, it is how you choose to handle them that make the outcome a better experience. African American has had to fight for their rights and many times and I believe the battle of their ancestors may be what motivates them to be overly obsessed with “the race card”. There is a stigma that is associated with African Americans that is kept alive by some African Americans who constantly utilize “the race card” as a way of justifying any action taken against them. I’ve experienced a co-worker that used “the race card” to justify neglecting a resident. Instead of assuming responsibility for her lack of care, she announced she was being targeted for being …show more content…
Most minorities would rather not have to play the card as they realize it often does not benefit them an any real sense. There is an old saying’ You never truly know someone until you walked a mile in their shoes”. If whites only knew what minorities are up against their sympathies would drastically change. African Americans known their changes of achieving higher education and jobs are not as promising as their white counterparts. However, their chances of being stopped by the police, incurring longer prison sentences and generally being treated more harshly by the justice system is increased. This country needs to come to grips with its denial of racism and take the necessary steps to ensure its demise. Only then can America be truly

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