The Importance Of Discrimination In Western Society

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No more than half a century ago, the systematic oppression of minorities was expressed in Western Society. "NO PEOPLE OF COLOUR ALLOWED" were derogatory signs plastered across nations, greeting those of darker complexion as they walked past learning institutions, commercial establishments and government facilities. Those who were not of fair skin were met with racial slurs and a slue of more hateful remarks. Fortunately Western Society 's evolvement from racial prejudice has improved exponentially. Or so most thought? This society prides itself in the progression made since the civil rights movement. However, the abolishment of previous upheld racist ideologies have not been as successful as many would like to believe. Subtle racism, color …show more content…
The introduction of the seventh section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom also played part in abolishing the overt racism exhibited in North American law, which serves as a constitutional protection to the right of life, liberty and security of all people. Great leaps of progress were made with the introduction of these new laws; racist behaviors were encouraged to be unlearned, integration between races was brought forward such as mixed race schools and classrooms, more opportunities to achieve a better life were made available and his also brought forth the idea that “racism” was over since these behaviour were deemed negative and not the norm anymore. Despite these trivial efforts to tackle the issue of discrimination against racial minorities, today we see racism is still alive. This is seen in the racial disparities in the workplace; according to a business survey conducted by fin24 archives, Of 269 CEO positions, people of colour occupy only 9% (Africans 4%; Coloureds 3%; Indians 2%) and whites occupy the other 91%. It is also seen in the damaging stereotypes that are applied to minorities, for example the media dominating stereotype that black people are always loud, obnoxious and exhibit “thug-like”, criminal behavior; all of which just goes to show that although racism has for the most part legislatively been abolished in North America, it is still evident in practice. While explicit signs and rules discriminating racialized groups have been banned by law, hundreds of years of devaluing entire races of people have not left without leaving a scar; that scar being institutionalized

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