Essay on Racism in America

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Racism is defined by as '1. A belief or doctrine that inherent differences between the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. 2. a policy, system of government, etc., based on or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. 3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.' The first is most appropriate to use for my purposes, as it most general, and defines what i ill be analyzing. The basic problem of racism starts with the idea that there is something different between different races. Though it is an irrational thought, it is a very common one, that can seem unavoidable. We are all taught that we …show more content…
You cannot keep children from opinions on race by not talking to them and hoping that they will not notice. "Children see racial differences as much as they see the difference among pink and blue"(Bronson 55). This is a natural occurrence that takes place in kids as young as six months. "For years we have assumed that children will see race only if when society points it out to them"(Bronson 55). Seeing the difference is not the problem, it's when the kids make judgements based on the differences. Kids can get ideas about differences in race from how there parents talk about people of other races. Another cause of kids seeing negative difference in races is the parents being to vague in their conversations with their kids about people of different races. When kids make assumptions about other races, it is not necessarily that they are bad, but just not as good. If parents do not talk directly about race as early as age 3, then kids will start to make assumptions and favoritism based on race. "Many parents believe that if you expose a child to people of other races and cultures, the environment becomes the message" (Bronson 57). Though this sounds like a good idea, it can actually have a reverse affect. "Researchers have found that the more diverse the environment, the more kids self-segregate by race and ethnicity. The human mind is programmed differentiate among

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