Racism Essay

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Olivia Brice English 101 Ms. Hesse Racism Today People believe that racism is defined as the belief that there are characteristically and biologically different traits in the ‘human racial groups’ that justify discrimination. In Appiah’s essay he expresses how race is not a biologically different thing, but is instead a social concept or idea. Racism is what people call this social idea about race, and how it makes people differ from one another. At one point in history racism was very distinct and easy to spot, but by looking at an article from recent years we can see that racism still exists but is hidden and overlooked and that people are not considered to be racist, although they are. So what does it mean to be racist today? In Appiah’s essay he conveyed his opinion that race is not a real thing, using both philosophical and biologically based science. (EXPLAIN< FIND DIRECT QUOTE). Many people have proven, or tried to prove that race is not real, and that the only race that exists is the human race. But many people still see it as a real concept, and even those who don’t see it as a concept, will still look down upon people because of their skin color (or for other completely irrelevant reasons). For some reason, whether it is nature or nurture, the whole human race tends to look at anything that they do not understand or agree with negatively, such as people with different skin colors or different cultural backgrounds. Which is why negative stereotypes are created about these people, such as African-Americans are all in gangs, or Hispanics all sell cocaine, or that all Caucasian people are racist. In history people were more outspoken about their racist tendencies, as it was more acceptable. They used practices like segregation, where ‘whites’ had certain privileges and ‘blacks’ had others. People treated each other as if they were from

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