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Badr Nassif -
There are many things that can stir up people’s thoughts and beliefs and make them pick a side. However, I chose a topic that personally interested me and drew me in to read other people’s opinions. It’s always interesting when you have multiple opinions on one topic because it shows you the true characters of people and how they think. The topic I chose was racism. I am interested to see whether or not people think racism still exists.
I know that racism does still exist, even though I personally do not believe in it. No one should be judged based on what his or her skin color is. Sadly, mankind has been wired to think that most white things are good and black things are not. That has been going on for as long as humanity existed, but things evolve, things change. People start to make sense of things and understand life better than they did a couple of centuries ago. We are no longer cavemen, and there are no longer an overwhelming number of slaves that are being tortured on a daily basis. Yes, there may be slavery in certain undeveloped places in the world, but it is certainly nothing like what we have studied in our history books.
I recently found this article on CNN about racism. CNN put out a topic and decided to see what the nation’s opinions would be. There were many opinions, some even similar to one another. Every human being has a different perspective on race. It all depends on the environment he or she was raised in. At a young age, children are shaped into whatever their parents want them to be based on the environment they provide for them. In the CNN study, the research elicited more than 4,500 comments.
Race distinction happens based on many factors. Not only do people degrade one another based on their skin color, but also based on where they live, their community, their social group and socioeconomic statuses. “In the study, white children had an overwhelming bias toward white, and black children also had a bias toward white, but it was not nearly as strong as the bias shown by the white children.” (CNN) There was also a small case study that was conducted to measure the influence of the media and televisions had on viewers. One person said they had done a mini-survey with a much smaller sample set — their children — and said the results showed the influence television has on our lives. Realjoe said the same questions were posed, as were new ones. The writer said that where they live, there is a big Native American population. The children chose a brown figure as the one most likely to have a drinking problem, the white figure as the one that was gay and the black doll was picked for the sports questions, he wrote. “I say, thank you media/TV,” realjoe wrote.” (CNN)
Around the world, racism still exists and it is very unfortunate because it causes problems with many different people. It affects many regions and many groups, and as long as it still exists, humanity will not be whole. In some cases, racism got better from what it used to be in the 1960’s because ultimately there is less violence revolving from this issue. However, it is still being faced by many different groups of people. Now a day’s racism is not as general as it used to be. Racism used to be between two groups of people with disregard to everything else. It was solely based on your skin color. These days, people go about racism with a slightly different approach. Martin Luther King Jr. almost put an end to skin color racism but the downward spiral began with what nourished after. People started being racist toward different groups of religion. In some cases in the South, people are not offered services because of the way they are dressed or the way they carry themselves. Other cases we observe today are things like racism towards different schools, different ethnicities, different appearances, and even different dialects. People have become so critical of one another to the point where they judge each other on the way they speak. Just when you thought everything was getting better, and the nations were industrializing and everyone was advancing, you might need to think again. Another instance is where a Georgia couple were left with a discriminatory remark on their valet ticket because they were an interracial couple. Things you see on a day-to-day basis that you and I might think are completely absurd, yet they do happen. This is why I completely agree with this article proposed by CNN; racism should not be an issue. If it is an issue in our current generation, then we should work on eliminating it from our kid’s generations. It is up to us to end racism and allow our society to cooperate and become whole.
They key to success and further advancement starts with a collective effort. One cannot simply better a generation on themselves. We must all put our differences aside and work for the greater good for the place we live in, no matter where in the world it is. We are all what we make of ourselves, and we must all do our parts to make our society the best possible society to live in.
CNN. Readers: Children learn attitudes about race at home. 25 may 2010. 20 1 2014 <http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/05/19/doll.study.reactions/index.html>.