Essay about The Tragedy of Racism

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“Racism is still with us but it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” This statement was made by Rosa Parks in 1998. While some may say that this took place a long time ago, racism and the mentality of white supremacy is still very much alive. Racism can be dated back to the time of slavery and while it is true that slavery is over, many decisions today are still made based on the color of one’s skin. The issue of racism, while it is mainly a social discrimination issue, has began to affect the economy and credibility of America’s legal system.
Black people are often associated with everything illegal- drugs, murder, robbery etc. Asians are usually associated with tiny eyes
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The officer had no right to punish the narrator the way that he did. That is what one calls cruel and unusual punishment. It was freezing outside and making him cross the road several times did not accomplish anything except make him terrified of leaving his house and of the police. Even considering proper procedure, it can be logically assumed that if he was this cruel with a black man he would be equally as lenient with a white man. He would probably just get a “Don’t do it again.” Aren’t the police supposed to be our friends? “Our” meaning everyone of us? Granted, this event took place in the 60’s when racism was still a really big deal, but this kind of unfair treatment toward people of a colored race is still very much in existence. I, personally, experienced a police man being unfair to myself and my family because of our race. We had just arrived in the United States for summer vacation and we took a cab from the airport to the hotel we were to stay in. On getting to the hotel the cab driver gave us a price which was more than what the price of the meter said just 30 seconds before when I got out of the cab, but then when I looked again, the price had gone up about $5! My mom also noticed and got into an argument with the officer about him trying to cheat us. The driver (who is white) then called a police officer

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