Contruct an argument that comments on race relations in the United States today.
Student’s NameInstructorCourse NumberDateRace Relations in America Today
Do you think racism is something of the past in America today? If your answer to this question is YES, then you are as ignorant as the American society. Many Americans, like play pretending. They all believe in the virtue and the purity of the country. Americans believe that they set the standards for the world. To prove this phenomenon, interracial marriages are legal. The president of America is also African America. The last point that makes Americans believe this is also the American dream that states that anyone irrespective of color can become what they want. It is true that as a country we have come from far. Racism, however, is still a major challenge currently. It is in the urban as well as the suburban areas. A lot therefore still need to be done to help eradicate racism from our society. As such, this paper argues about the race relations in America today.
In the newspapers, we read about the police using a lot of power or violence against the minorities. There are also very heated debates when it comes to matters of controlling immigration. The urban populations in many large cities are also highly segregated. What is the reason for segregation if there was no racism? Alexander (12) asserts that currently racism has changed its form. The racism currently is in covert form instead of the initial overt form. He says that is in overt form because racism is now being stigmatized. Racism, therefore, prowls within the justice system. From these examples, one is, therefore, wondering what the way forward is.
We should, however, know that racism can never be eliminated from the world. The reason is that from the moment we are born, there are differences (Stein 38). People have therefore argued that it is the identification of the differences that exists between people that amounts to racism. The human beings are programmed to notice any variation in either skin or any other physical feature then used these variations to categorize people into groups. Racism, however, occurs only when these variations leads to stereotypes. People might, therefore, take actions because of the differences with a malicious intention. The only way to try and reduce this problem is through education. (Davis, 25).
From the initial discussion, it was argued that racism in America today is thriving on ignorance. It is because of the stereotypical comments that people have in their minds. The stereotypical messages constructs are formed during peoples’ interactions. These constructs are the demerits that many Americans face today. They act this way not because they have negative minds but because they do not have any other better way. From this example, it is, therefore, true that racism is irrational. These irrational behaviors can only be exterminated through education. If the public is educated on the social paradigms as well as what it means to be a person of color in America, then the relationships between individuals will change (Davis, 26).
The race relations in America is still wanting. It is not at the level where it should be. The general population ought to be taught on the need to have a unified society. The education here is that of the soul and not the one in class. The education that will end racism should include even the hard truths. Those who are fortunate to be white should learn what it takes to be on the side of life. It is only through this that the youth will understand and then accept the people of diverse races.
Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press, 2010. Print.
Davis, Thomas Joseph. Race Relations in America: A Reference Guide with Primary Documents. 1. Publ. ed. Westport, Conn. [u.a.: Greenwood, 2006. Print.
Miller, Karen. Race Relations. Detroit: Greenhaven, 2011. Print.
Stein, David. “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in The Age Of Colorblindness – By Michelle Alexander.” Workingusa 15.3 (2012): 455-458. Business Source Premier. Web. 8 Nov. 2015.