Racism Essay

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Alan Price Eng 1101 14 September 2010 Scarred At some point or another, every student in every class thinks to them self, "How am I going to use this in real life? Why do I need to learn about this? This class is stupid." Some students, like Taylor Wright from my U.S. History class in high school, are bold enough to ask these questions. I remember Taylor asking, in a very smug tone, our teacher, Coach Buck, why we needed to learn history at all. Coach Buck replied, "We learn our history, so we learn from our mistakes, and avoid repeating them." This is fact. It is also understood that our history is peppered with hate, agony, and more specifically, racism. Racism and hate filled prejudice have filled the world's history to the brim. It is blatantly evident, though that we have learned from this history. Ku Klux Klan members do not lynch black people anymore. We do not have designated black and white water fountains, nor is there a problem with a black person sitting in the front of the bus. This does not mean of course that racism no longer exists. The fact that these events hold such obvious significance, and carry with them such a magnitude of emotion, expresses to me that racism will never dissipate completely. Being white myself, I am well aware that it is not without corroboration that white people have been accused of having little to no culture. I am also aware that I do not have very much innate rhythm, and I do not see myself as having a significant amount of "swagger." Black people, along with many and most minorities in the United States have culture. Could James Brown have said it any better when he wrote and recorded his song, "Say it Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud?" These groups of people are proud of their ethnicity. The only real feeling I have ever felt towards my ethnicity is guilt. When a white person, ignorant toward these feelings of pride

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