Racism Essay

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Shaneka Rockingham Dr. Joan Kennedy English 1301 BP1 February 28, 2012 Racism Racism, I have heard this term used all my life. Growing up in the South I would hear things from adults that were supposed to guide and build me into a respectable adult. Instead I heard that white was right, and if someone wasn’t white then they were treated differently. Racism is usually defined as a race issue; it is also linked to social standing, income and religion. The fight against racism is ongoing. There are many agencies that combat the violence and hate that is associated with racism. Sometimes a minor incident drastically changes a person’s life. I learned what racism really is; the hard way. To begin with, frustration is a very common cause of racism. If one is having some sort of a social problem, they tend to get very angry with people who are not even concerned with their situation. For instance, when a person is having a tough time economically, they find it easy to blame immigrants for taking away their jobs or creating fewer opportunities. This type of an analysis is very easy to make but when one makes this assumption, it usually leads to hate towards any minority group. The psychological factor is also common disturbance that is found as the root of racism. Martin Luther King, Jr. states in his essay “I have a Dream” that nineteen sixty three is not an end, but a beginning (King 587). I still believe that until this day but racism still exists. Racism in schools is another factor of racism. Some people seem to think racism in schools died out a long time ago. This statement couldn't be more wrong. Racism in the learning environment is more evident than ever, and it needs to be stopped because it affects the way students learn and their success. There are many stories and incidents where discrimination has occurred and the effects they have had on

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