Racism: The Ideal World

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For many years, humans have desired to build and sustain the walls of stability in their nations. Individuals have learned how to communicate, construct, analyze, and resolve problems through the power of their minds. To some, an ideal world would be where everyone has a decent life, in which all gather in unity and empathy. To others, health, wealth, delight, and power are the pillars of today’s ideal perspective of the “good life”. However, some have an ideal world where only their kind can benefit from the pillars of the good life. Many feel the necessity to represent their kind and their kind only. Hatred, arrogance, and ignorance have severed the natural human inclination and molded a skewed interpretation of the ideal world. This powerful and lethal hate is known as racism or prejudice. Racism can be defined as the act of discriminating against certain minorities. Acts of racism tend to vary from nonverbal to verbal actions, and mere acts of prejudice can have the most detrimental effects on an individual. These acts can range from verbal abuse to physical violence. Racism is a major hindrance to modern …show more content…
Other emotions such unease and tension are usually triggered because of the discriminatory acts of others. Peters states that, “Lazarus asserted that when a situation is appraised as stressful, stress emotions (i.e., anger, anxiety) are experienced, with coping as an integral part of the process of emotional arousal (1999)” (235). Peters discusses how emotions (such as anxiety) that are related to anger are caused by stress. Anxiety is shown to take place in an individual who is always facing stressful events that result from racist encounters. From these statements, one can safely conclude that there is a powerful correlation that pairs racist encounters and emotional distress, in which not only are an individual’s personal emotions affected, but also his or her

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