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Racism1



Racism is alive and well. In a society based on binaries, its mignons search for an
enemy. Visible minorities are easy targets for people looking for a fight. As our
economy continues to depress, we see that more and more people are losing the fight.
These people blame their failure on the colored person, while they rarely ever blame
themselves. The magnitude of the racism is directly related to the state of the economy.

In the twentieth century, we have seen many cultures relocate due to war or poverty. The
fact that they are different sets them apart from the majority. This cleavage used to be
counterbalanced through the suppression of non dominant races. This was done through acts
of physical and psychological manipulation. From slavery to segregation, from the KKK to
television, we have created an inferiority complex for minorities.

This inferiority complex is based on the idea that the foreigner is not the "naturally
fit". Until recently, minorities were suppressed through vulgar power. They were
segregated, devalued, and owned. During the second world war, Adolph Hitler eliminated
the Jewish minority through a violent assertion of power. He felt that their removal
would increase the standard of living of in their country. Through nationalism, he was
able to justify his actions to his people. His followers believed that the Jewish
minority was the cause. This vulgar display of power was an example of direct
suppression.

However, as the suppression becomes less apparent, we see the gradual shift of power. We
see some minorities beat the system and become successful. This is because society no
longer tolerates the assertion of vulgar power with respect to minorities. Unfortunately,
the inferiority myth is still upheld through television and movies through the inclusion
of countless racial stereotypes, and the lack of proportional representation. This
includes the ever popular black working for his white boss, the token colored character or
sidekick, the white coach of the predominantly black team and so on. No racism is
directly conveyed, but the subtraction of minorities in key roles promotes a hierarchical
structure based on the superiority of whites.

As more and more minorities become successful, we see this hierarchy challenged. This
challenge is not welcome to the rest of the population because it contests the structure
that makes them "naturally" superior. When this is combined with hard economic times, a
hate is created. As stated minorities are an easy target, for people searching for
answers. Their lack of success is due to the minority who took their promotion. Their
taxes are high because the minority saps the system. They couldn't get into university
because the minority took their place. Unfortunately, nobody ever says the minority is
more qualified, the minority pays taxes too, the minority worked harder and got better
marks. In a society based on survival of the fittest, the "fit" are scared to play on a
level playing field.
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