Race and Racism
Many people say that race is not a “thing” and that they see “no color.” Personally, that just makes you ignorant. How could you say you see no color, when every day black people are being convicted of crimes that they did not do and being treated poorly simply because of the color of their skin? If there was no color, then we would all be equal. This country has been built by hundreds and millions of enslaved African-Americans and has become one of the most prosperous economies in the world. We often, do not get the recognition we deserve. White people often forget the 153 years of slavery, the police brutality, mass incarceration, the white privilege. We are not in a post-racial society.
What is racism? Racism is a term used to describe a social systematic structure where one race has power over another. Black people do not have the same power and advantages as white people, therefore there is no way they can be racist. Things such as having BET or black history month is literally the bare minimum. Black people deserve far more, but when they get one thing, white people feel obligated to make a comment about it or feel in competition with them. Some people say that racism is not systematic, but how could it not be? It is a system of white supremacy.
Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate.” This quote alone proves that racism is instilled in one’s mind at an early age. The environment you are brought up in and the people you are around influence the way you think and live your life. Isn’t it crazy that the same people that are meant to serve and protect you are the same ones that you fear even calling? Police officers have been causing controversy for quite some time now. The boys in blue have continuously used and abused their powers and privileges. Being in the same vicinity as a police officer gives me anxiety, not even because I am guilty of anything, but because of what I know they are capable of. There have been too many young and innocent black boys and girls that lost their lives to the police for absolutely nothing.
Being black in America is probably one of the most difficult things. It is a blessing don’t get me wrong, but the backlash and hate black people get is unbelievable. White people do not what it is like because they do not experience racism because there is no such thing as reverse racism. This system was built to benefit them. This system was designed in favor of white people. This is system was built for the white people to flourish. White people cannot claim to have experienced racism because of a harsh remark that is not effecting anything except their feelings.
White people are racist towards black people yet they steal all their culture. They steal their music, looks and give no credit to them. If a black person said, “I don’t like white people” they have evidence and logical reasoning as to why they feel such a way. However, if you asked a white person why they don’t like black people, they can’t even think of a valid reason. They don’t like them simply because of the color of their skin. No logical reasoning, just pure hate. If a black person has a problem with a white person, 9/10 times it is not because of race. But if a white person has a problem with a black person, 10/10 times it is because of their race.
Numerous individuals have contended that since the decision of Barack Obama, racism has vanished and is a significantly more comprehensive partially blind society. Although, that would be ideal, putting Obama in the oval office did not do as much as we would've planned to change individuals' viewpoints and Obama's race did little to address the proceeding with heritages of subjection and isolation that still torment America. Cops are killing black individuals consistently.
The Pew Research Center, the authors “King’s Dream Remains an Elusive Goal; Many Americans See Racial Disparities.” of stated, “Today, white adults 25 and older are significantly more likely than blacks to have completed at least a bachelor’s degree (34% vs. 21%, a percentage point difference).” From this statement, you can obviously observe the system America is keep running on is separating black individuals. Black people must do 10x more as white people and even then, they are barely in the same calibers.
People in high powers of position such as policymakers should be the initial ones to endeavor to roll out an improvement since people admire them. Since they are not, it is hard to attempt and expect improvement when the policymakers of our nation have been stationary for a long period of time. The absence of equity in our courts makes it harder for individuals to need to speak up. People face serve consequences for simply speaking their minds. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. said that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” To shed light on the dishonorable acts against African American individuals, awareness groups such as the Black Lives Matter movement prospered. Our nation does a fantastic job of putting all the wrongdoings under a rug and pretend that this nation is the land of the free and the home of the brave. This nation needs to acknowledge that our country is not immaculate, so we cannot hide our shameful acts with a flawless country façade.
Race and racism is very prevalent and relevant. Many people cannot even fathom some of the horrific realities black people face. They can’t even relate to the struggles. The least one can do is to make yourself knowledgeable and aware of what is going on in this society. To be oblivious, is to be contributing into this mess. If you are not doing anything to try and support causes such as the Black Lives Matter movement, you are only adding to the problem. Race is a thing. Racism is a thing.
In conclusion, the issues regarding race, racism, and police brutality is much bigger than us. The sad reality is that it will take years for it to end. People often say that it is over but it is only shown in different forms. Nothing will ever change unless people are willing to make that change. We need strong leaders to influence us on going on the right path and striving for equality and justice. We need affect role models to speak out and be able to make positive impacts on the people watching, especially the youth. There is so many different ways that all these situations can be went about, but it is more complex than a simple 1+1 equation.