The Issue Of Racism In America

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How long will it be before America can finally end the race issue? Since Africans were brought over as slaves, there has been a race issue about equality. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery, the 14th granted citizenship, the 15th gave them voting rights, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation, but now in 2015, there is still a race issue. If #blacklivesmatter, do #nonblacklivesnotmatter? Racism is America will not end until the media stops distorting the truth, crimes and killings are not seen as one-sided, and we stop making everything a race issue between whites, blacks, and everyone. Ever since Uncle Tom’s Cabin in the 1800s, media has played an important role in racial tension and divide. The media has asserted itself in …show more content…
Phillip Swarts of the Washington Times reports that a black protester was yelling “When you going to stop selling us out, Jesse?” when Jesse Jackson went to Ferguson to join the protests. Along with him, Reverend Al Sharpton has also been verbally attacked for using Ferguson for their own agenda gains. They tried to make it a race issue with the media. Mike Hellgren of CBS Baltimore has an article that reads “Crowd Beats, Strips & Robs Tourist On St. Patrick’s Day; Incident Caught On Camera”. The 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Beating involved a white/Hispanic man being beaten by black youths on camera, yet it wasn’t seen as a hate crime while Martin’s case was. All of these “victims” were overpublicized because they were black and because their killers weren’t or were cops. They see “black killed”, not “person killed”. That’s the race issue that is being created. It shouldn’t be based upon one’s race the nature of the crime when two races are in a conflict. It’s two people in a conflict, not a black and white or Hispanic and Asian. Nowadays, people automatically jump to the conclusion that everything is race-related and every killing is a hate crime...unless the black community is doing the killing. With the way people view “race” and “equal rights”, their distorted reality is the reason racism is far from ending in …show more content…
In this time, we saw two centuries of slavery, a century of segregation, and almost another century of racial tension despite equality. African-Americans have overcome many obstacles. They overcame slavery in the 1860s. When given Jim Crow Laws, they overcame segregation. But now, the black and white communities are still in a racial conflict of “black lives matter” and “white supremacy” when really the underlying issues are not just white killing black, but black killing white as well. But that’s the real issue. It shouldn’t matter the skin color, but that people are getting killed and protests and media involvement are not letting police departments investigate the issue without an artificial racist bias being created before anything is done about the issue. When we can really stop making it a race issue, then we can sit down together as Americans, not blacks and whites, at the table of brotherhood just like Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed so long

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