RaceRelations in America
Throughoutthe world, racial discrimination and ethnic profiling continue topersist in the societies. The Universal Declaration of Human Rightsaffirms that every human is entitled to rights protecting him or herfrom any form of discrimination. Despite laws passed to give blacksequal rights, America still has a long way to go. Today, thepersistent racial inequality in many social domains such asemployment, housing, and others demonstrate how blacks arediscriminated because of their color. Even with the fact that thecontemporary kind of discrimination remains restrained and concealed,I tend to disagree with the notion that everyone in America enjoysequal rights and opportunities. Several surveys conducted onAfrican-Americans and other minority groups in America revealdiscrimination in their everyday life.
Accordingto Zinn (2005), the leading causes of racism in America includehistorical forces and human decisions. In America, many factorsenhance racism. People from groups that have been historicallymarginalized continue to face discrimination. In fact, the society ismuch engraved to the sense of white superiority. As a result, theblacks have become more vulnerable, thus, no equal opportunity forwomen and slaves (Zinn, 2005). I agree with the author that humandecisions and race relations are the biggest sources of historicalinjustices. Therefore, studying American history is essential, as itwould help to enlighten people regarding the atrocities that havebeen done in the past, their consequences and means of avoidingrecurrence of such animosity in the future. For example, Douglass(2014) recounts the demerits of slavery from firsthand experience.The information can help future generations to make sober decisionsthat will prevent repeating mistakes that are inspired by racismanimosity, such as slavery.
Inhis book, Selectionsfrom Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,anAmerican Slave (1845),Frederick Douglas summarizes the cruelty of slavery. He furtherpoints out how slavery has been institutionalized into politics,religion, law, and social practices. Clearly, today’s America ispolitically polarized. American Constitution does not guaranteeequality between men and women, and there exists prejudice as well asnegative stereotyping in politics (Douglass, 2014). Besides,women remain underpaid and underrepresented in the corporateleadership. Despite significant progress in trying to achieve genderequality, women still face discrimination. For this reason, thenation still got a long way to go before political equality is gainedfor men and women. Knowledge is power. Reading the history andliterature concerning race relations would be essential to motivatethe oppressed to fight for the rights the constitution is yet toprovide. Moreover, people will also understand the rights that theyare supposed to enjoy, thereby they can demand justice when theyfeel their rights are being violated.
Inthe Letterfrom Birmingham Jail” (1963),Martin Luther King demonstrates how segregation continued to thrivein America. The society had been categorized into two:African-Americans and Latinos and White and Asians. The White andAsians were wealthier and had access to better facilities,employment, education, and housing. In contrast, the AfricanAmericans and Latinos lacked the necessary facilities, as well asfaced discrimination that ranged from hate crimes to racism comments.Furthermore, significant disparities in the nation’s labor forcereflected racial inequality. While most Whites dominated the jobmarket, a majority of African-Americans faced unemployment (King,1994). Studying the race relations gives the young people anin-depth understanding of the demerits associated with a society thatdoes not practice equality. Although the United States is deemed thebenchmark for democracy and equal rights in the world, the nation hasa long way to go before it can realize the dream. For instance, Thenumber of Black Americans on death row is higher than whites despitethat the blacks are a minority race. Recently, the blacks complain ofextrajudicial killing by the law enforcers. Furthermore, makes thebiggest population of inmates, and they are poor financially comparedto the whites and Asians. The society imbalance indicates that thesociety needs to be educated on race relations in America, if theburden of inequality is to be solved, once and for all, in the U.S.
DespiteAmerica putting an end to slavery in the 19thcentury, racisms remains a pressing problem in the country. TheUnited States is a multicultural society that has come a long way tomaking huge steps to grant equality by race. However, inequality hasincreased substantially. Sometimes, it becomes more subtle while inother cases, it is blatant and open. Recent polls show that 70% ofAfrican-Americans have little confidence in the law enforcers becausethey practice racial profiling. However, in spite of thisinformation, most Whites believe that that there is no biases ordiscrimination in the American society. Therefore, I disagree thateveryone in America enjoys equal rights and opportunities today.Learning the history of race relations in America is indispensable tointroduce equality in America.
Douglass,F. (2014). Narrativeof the life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.Marblehead: Trajectory Classics.
King,M. L. (1994). Letterfrom the Birmingham jail.San Francisco: Harper.
Zinn,Howard (2005). Apeople’s history of the United States.New York, NY: HarperCollins.