No Joke on It Essay

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The "Invisible" Problems of Racism The problem with racism is that many people don't think it is. Many live their lives not even realizing what is happening the world around them. "Racism, here, nah." Others know all about it, but they don't realize that they themselves, yes, themselves, are racists. "Huh, I'm not racist. What do you mean? I'm more open minded than that. Give me some credit." Then they turn around and discriminate against someone else's human rights. Not racist, yah right. What is one of the main problems with racism? It's that many people live in racist conditions, without even seeing it. It flies right over their heads. Schools, the workplace, our community, our friends house, even our homes. We hear a racial slur, oh well, it's just a joke. Hardly. If you think racist joke are harmless than you should take a reality check. Racist jokes are just the start of it. Many people think the jokes are funny. Maybe they are, but they still hurt the people the jokes are about. Some of the worst racists are the ones who think that they are not racist and really are. They really have to come to grips with reality. Why are they some the worst racists? They are, because they can't comprehend what is happening. They don't realize what they are saying and doing are racist. Until they come to grips with it there is no problem. No problem, in their minds. They say that they aren't racist, even when they don't hire the East Indian employee who was the most qualified of the candidates. Even when the basketball team that they coach is all white. And even the time when they moved from their seat at the movie theater because of the black person next to them. Well, gee, they could have been a criminal. A robber from "the hood." After all, isn't that what most of "them" are. No one deserves to be prejudged like

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