The Harsh Reality Of Racism Essay

2037 Words Nov 17th, 2015 9 Pages
Stereotypes, discrimination, inequality, and prejudice, all words to describe the harsh reality of racism. Racism by definition, “is a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one 's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others” (“Racism”). In other words, racism comes into play when one race feels as if they are superior to another for certain reasons or just love the mindset that they are above another for no specific reason. The southern part of the United States has long been home to racism due to its past of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement that lasted from 1954 to 1968 (Fredrickson). Much time has passed since the civil rights era, but the effects of racism are still prevalent in the south.
The history of racism in the United States can date back to the mid 1700’s. Carolus Linneaus, a European scientist, published a classification system in System Naturale that was applied to three different kingdoms; the Animal Kingdom, the Plant Kingdom, and the Mineral Kingdom. Humans were on top of the classification system and were separated by race, whites of course being the dominant race (“Story of Race”). One of America’s most prominent, influential leaders, Thomas Jefferson, was a Virginian slave owner who helped draft the Declaration of Independence, and was among the ones to…

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