Racism : Racism And Discrimination Essay examples

1469 Words Nov 19th, 2015 6 Pages
Racism is defined as “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one 's own race is superior” (Oxford Dictionaries 2015). While many do not want to accept it, it is a fact that racism is still a pertinent problem in today’s society. For many years, people of different “races” have been treated unfairly because of the color of their skin, because of their background, yet race is not even a biological factor: it has been socially constructed in order to create a sense of superiority by a group of people. At one point, racism was considered legal in the sense that there were laws in place that allowed for the systematic discrimination of people of colored skin through public and private institutions, taking the form as segregation based on race. This legal segregation was abolished in 1964, but racism has continued to take form in our society through discrimination and acts of violence towards groups of people. Today, there are many instances in which there has been discrimination and racial tension that have occurred on college campuses created somewhat by students and largely by the institution itself. The New York Times article Racial Tensions and Protests on Campuses Across the Country, briefly explains several instances in which discrimination has occurred on college campuses and the social institution itself failed to take action in order to protect their students. The article pinpoints examples of…

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