Race and Racism

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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.

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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.

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