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The World Would Be Better Without Racism

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Mitchell Murringer

on 21 May 2011

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The world would be better without racism Thesis The world would be better without racism because it is unhealthy emotionally, generationally, and altogether socially. Racism is defined as an individual’s discriminatory behavior and prejudicial attitude toward people of a certain race or traditions. Racism creates problems in society and drives wedges between people of different races, religions, and languages, for no intelligent reason. Racism also emotionally bothers people when something ignorant, unneeded, and racist is said or done. Many years after the civil war and the civil rights movements, racism still exists and lingers in our lives causing problems. Racism can be very degrading emotionally to even the people that have to hear and live around racism. Emotionally racism can disturb the future of a person by making that person begin to be self conscience about their race, and sometimes become racist against that persons race that has oppressed them. “For People of Color cultural racism as a stressor was related to lower levels of quality of life and that Blacks reported more experiences of individual and cultural race-related stress and were equal to Asians in reporting institutional race-related stress.” (Utsey, (2002) Racism is always emotionally distressing in some way, and it affects everyone that has to be around it. “Black people, who experience acts of racial discrimination, experiences the events as painful, damaging, and distressful.”(Feagin, 1996) Racism is even called a stressor because it causes people to react to it and try to overcome, or resist racism. “People of Color who experience discrimination, in normal situations have high levels of psychological distress, lower levels of life satisfaction, and poorer physical health.” (Lark, Anderson, 1999) Claim #1 Racism is also devastating to generations of people that have to live with it. Racism is like a contagious virus and if your parents are racially discriminating then the chances are that you will be too, it’s another thing that will be in the family. These parents are raising a generation that believes racism is something obvious that has already been pretty much conquered; a generation that believes they themselves are non-racist, and therefore there is no work to be done; and a generation that continues to ignore systemized racism and white privilege. (Langston Hughes) The people that are racially discriminated or demeaned will also remember that they were put down for their race, and they will teach their children that people can be racist, then that will pass down a few generations. I still have scars from my experiences of getting called “nigger” on athletic fields and school buses. (Rob Baker) Children that are directly racially oppressed will grow up feeling that they have a disadvantage from their race and not be as successful as they could have been without racism. Physical stress problems are also aided by racism For example; a recent study that followed nearly 60,000 African-American women for six years found that women who reported on-the-job racial discrimination had a 32 percent higher risk of breast cancer than others who did not. (Newsweek) Claim #2 Social aspects of life are also affected by modern racism, making minorities of people live in certain areas to find jobs, work at certain places because of racial discrimination, and not associate with people of different ethnicities so that problems don’t start. Systematic racial discrimination can, among other things, determine which job opportunities are offered to you, which neighborhood you can live in, and even the how often police will stop you. (Atlanta Post) This separation of races makes things worse and keeps racism alive in a continuous circle. Living in cities with high levels of racial segregation is linked to higher death rates for whites as well as Blacks. (Study in the current issue of Sociological Forum) This separation also makes ethnicities feel that they don’t belong in certain areas for example a blacks not belonging in rural areas and whites not belonging in certain parts of cities. "The problem is the concentration of poverty and
disadvantage associated with high levels of segregation." (David R. Williams) Claim #3 Racism is disturbing to everyone in some way emotionally, generationally, or socially, and it can bother everyone, racist or not. Racism has an influence that can spread and degrade people, by making smart people ignorant with racism, and by oppressing people of different races for just the sheer color of their skin. Racism can be slowed if people would open their minds to other people’s cultures, educate themselves on that race and their point of view, and not judge others for their beliefs or tone of their skin. Conclusion
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