The Importance Of Racism In Our Society

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Racism has been prevalent in societies since the beginning of time and it continues to marginalize, oppress, stereotype, stigmatize and paint a wide variety of people with the same dirty brush. Racism has always been a popular topic of conversation and has always sparked great debate amongst people of all races and cultural backgrounds. It is a social construct, similar to gender and disability (IERE, 121), which means, society and culture create racism through socialization; it is not a natural phenomenon, as the development of roles are prescribed by society. We all are reinforced through learned prejudices throughout our lives, starting from our parents, to our friends and through those we socialize and/or empathize with. In this paper …show more content…
The relevance of racism is almost never questioned because it is clear to see that it still exists in our everyday lives. Speaking from personal experience, racism has become a daily life issue, which controls and manipulates the lives of all citizens in different parts of the world. Supremacy of the dominant group has put a noose on the minds of society, and catastrophic events continue to remind us of the unjust discrimination turning us against one …show more content…
I did not notice it then, but it is now crystal clear that whatever hostility I was receiving was due to my image. From being treated differently on the basketball team, to being verbally and physically abused for being an outsider, I have had my fair share of being victimized by oppression. I still remember the stories my Grandfather, Colonel Pritam Singh Sandhu of the Indian army, used to tell me about the 1984 Sikh genocide in India. How his family had to abandon everything they had in order to flee India due to the anti-Sikh riots. Then to make things worse, the September 11 attacks carried out by the notorious terrorist group al-Qaeda made those that wore turbans susceptibly larger targets. With all of these negative cues that surrounded us, it definitely influenced how people interacted with others of similar color and

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