Racism in America
Almost everyone faced some kind of discrimination. Racism is a policy, which we attribute to an offensive and unacceptable attitude to human beings, it also belongs to discriminatory things. Without facing it, we can observe the impacts of racism in many countries. It is important to consider America is talking about racist issues. This country went through the worst stages of racism and dedicated decades to overcome it. Due to years of experience, America brought up many questions. Reverse racism, tolerance policy and a possibility to defeat racist ideology are the most relevant issues for now.
The result of rethinking the long-term discrimination of African-Americans is “white discrimination.” Reverse racism is a thought that now African-Americans have too many rights and suppress white people. Such opinions are based on the wrong interpretation of the word and desire of trying on the role of a victim. Reverse racism is very unlikely for one simple reason – white people experience discrimination of black Americans only mentally. It is inaccessible to feel the frustration of black being white, but the usage of the wrong terminology makes this fact much worse. The problem arises when people confuse inappropriate behavior with purposeful oppression. “Look, we are also discriminated” – a slogan which becomes popular. Unwilling to admit the existence of discrimination, we shift responsibility to other people.
One more issue about racism in America is tolerance policy. Racist experience split the authority into two general parts. Now we can see those who think that racism is over and those who try to prevent any signs of discrimination. Both positions are inadequate and need a broader perspective of discussion. Racist statements and unfriendly actions can be still observed in cafes, schools, governmental initiatives. In the same time, the legislative framework of America and struggle for equal rights dramatically changed attitude to discrimination in society. Sometimes people are afraid to be called racist that restrict freedom of speech. As a positive consequence, tolerance policy went much further than it was expected. America has become a favorite place for the development of body positive, feminist, environmental movements. Control of relationships between people decreased manifestations of racism and gave birth to many positive initiatives.
Long-term struggle with racist factions and the incessant emergence of new methods of oppression bring up question about origins of the issue. We are used to thinking that it is a confrontation between black and white Americans, which is fundamentally wrong. Incidents with “yellow racism” show us that discrimination happens worldwide and there is no way to eradicate it completely. The desire of Black Americans to stay away from places occupied by white create their districts show that they don’t feel safe in existing conditions. It is impossible to calculate in which period a stranger can become a legitimate part of American culture. It is hard to understand why black people symbolize danger and evoke protective response after years of integration. Origins of the problem can’t be fully discovered but can transform into many other forms of discrimination.
Racism in America has a pronounced character and is part of a historical development of society. The question is very complicated and requires full immersion into mechanisms of socialization and behavioral aspects. Tolerance resists the will to protect ourselves from anything unknown. As a result, we can observe intensification discussion and creation of radical movements – people don’t really know whom they have to protect. This problem will always be relevant because of incessant migration. A collision of different cultures is not only an American problem, it happens anytime and anywhere, so people have to learn from their mistakes and support those, who are really oppressed.
- Elijah Anderson, “This is what it feels like to be black in white spaces”
- Michael A. Cohen, “Racism and white privilege in America”