Racism: Lessons Learned Essay

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Racism: Lessons Learned

Many things have been shared in this classroom environment. Issues have been studied that
have caught the attention of the class and made them consider things that perhaps were not
contemplated before. Over the past semester, one series of lessons have stood out to me
more than any other. That particular set of lessons revolved around the issue of racism.

Racism has taken on a new comprehension within my thoughts and mind over the course of
this semester. I had always considered racism a baneful idea and an even more wicked
practice. We defined it as a prejudice based upon the color of one's skin or race.
Although laws have outlawed the practice of segregation and racism, we have seen as a
class that it is still practiced within a country that declares it to be illegal. We have
learned that there doesn't have to be laws favoring one race over another for racism to
exist. Rather, we have seen that racism is more than a political issue - it is a social
issue. We have seen that racism isn't confined to the mountains of Tennessee, hills of
Alabama, or plains of Mississippi. Racial discrimination is evident in every state and in
many peoples.

We have come to see that it is not confined to Anglo-Americans, but can affect people from
all racial or ethnic backgrounds. Most importantly, this course has allowed us to view
this evil from a better understanding. We have been allowed to not only define racism, but
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