Presentation on theme: "Racism in the United States has been a major issue since the colonial era. Historically, the country has been dominated by Whites. The heaviest burdens."— Presentation transcript:
Racism in the United States has been a major issue since the colonial era. Historically, the country has been dominated by Whites. The heaviest burdens of racism in the country have fallen upon Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans,…..
……. Mexican Americans, American Jews, Irish Americans and some other immigrant groups and their descendants. Major racially structured institutions include slavery, Native American reservations, segregation, residential schools (for Native Americans), internment camps, and affirmative action.
America has had a long history of racism. Racism has infiltrated every aspect of American society and shows no sign of decreasing. This fact is more easily understood if racism is viewed for what it really is at its core: an institutional ideology.
It is a misunderstanding to equate racism with the evil-minded treatment of one individual to another. Racism is more than just personal hatred. No, racism is allowed to subsist because it is fostered and maintained by institutions and government, however unwittingly.
Even if individuals within groups or members of a corporate hierarchy determine that the practices of a particular institution are racist, those individuals would be hard pressed to bring about change.
Racism has been a problem throughout the beginning of time and still is a problem today. The United States alone went through wars where skin color separated the jobs of the soldiers and the civil rights acts of the sixties and the seventies. Racial problems among high school students and with some teachers still exist today. There are countless stories of how people lived their daily lives as victims of discrimination and could do nothing about it.
Racial accusations directed to different cultures can hurt a person to the point of their loss of an optimistic view of life. There are a few programs that come into the schools where racism is the worst; they have students of different cultures interact with each other which greatly help to lesson the tension. Schools are also trying to find ways to reduce the racial problems but not all students are willing to participate.
Some people live their daily lives with racism and yet they cannot do anything about it. An African American man named Stanley G. Grizzle is eighty five years old, and as a child, had to face racism every single day of his life. He goes to seventh and eight grade class rooms to tell the story of his life and what it was when he was a child growing up in Canada.
He told them that racism is always a factor in everyone’s daily lives and no matter where one goes, racism follows. When he was a grown man, he was looking for a house or an apartment to live in but he came across places that stated, “Whites Only.” Grizzle tells these teens about how hard it was for him, hoping they would not discriminate against those who were different than them (Coyle).
First of all, speak out against racism. Otherwise, your silence may be interpreted as tacit approval of discrimination. You have the right, as well as the responsibility, to speak out. If you are a victim of discrimination in New Brunswick, Canada, you can file a complaint with the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. If another person files a complaint, you can support him or her by cooperating with the investigating officer.
It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. "We hold these truths to be self- evident that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day out on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat and injustice of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.