racism in the us





Scott A. Cole
Professor Telfer
English Comp 1
11/19/01

Racism and Discrimination in the US

“…Everybody jumped on him, and beat him senseless… Everybody was hitting him or kicking him. One guy was kicking at his spine. Another guy was hitting him on the side of his face… he was unconscious. He was bleeding. Everybody had blood on their forearms. We ran back up the hill laughing… He should have died… He lost so much blood he turned white. He got what he deserved…” (Ridgeway 167). The skinheads who were beating this man up had no reason to do so except for the fact that he was Mexican. Racism in this day and age is still as big of a problem as it was in the past, and as long as hate groups are still around to promote violence, society is never going to grow to love one another.
Racism is defined as ethnical or racial discrimination or segregation. There are three distinct types of racism in this day and age: racism, open racism, and violent racism. Open racism expresses freedom of racial thought and speech. This form of racism is legal due to the First Amendment, freedom of speech. Open racism is almost extinct, because it is considered to be politically incorrect and socially is not expectable. Finally, violent racism promotes racism through fear, violence, and persuasive techniques. This is not protected by the First Amendment because it promotes violence to express its ideas. (Leone 49.)
As time goes on, racism is becoming more and more unexceptable. This is most likely due to the fact that parents are teaching their children about equality among different races other than their own at a very young age. Some parents are going as far as to taking their children to local Ku Klux Klan rallies to show them that being ignorant and racist is not the right way think and act. “If it is not thrown in your face, you tend to forget about it” says a parent who has tried this before (Tananarive 1J+).
Statistics show that children are bias free usually between the ages of two and five, but prejudice can begin as early as the age of two (Tananarive 1J+). Racism usually starts in the schools. Most white supremacists usually do not grow up hearing it at home. If parents hear their children say a racist remark, they should not stay quiet. Correct them, but do not punish them. If they are taught at a young age to not be racist, when they are older, they can be able to distinguish between the right and wrong things to think and say.
Some racist things that parents say, but they do not consider to be racist are: they are such good athletes, everyone knows that Asian kids are smarter, he/she is cute…. for a black person, why are you doing that.. do you think you are black? If the parent says one of these in front of their child, they should correct themselves and make it known that what they just said is not nice and that it should not be repeated.
Racism should not be tolerated in schools. Children are often intimidated by others, and are afraid to speak up. Some tips to fight racism in schools, given by Peter Benson, are: first, nobody has to put up with racism. Nobody forces anyone to laugh at racist jokes, or join in on their taunts. He also suggests that people should stick up for one another. Comments like,” that joke is not funny” or “do not call so and so that name” are good things to say. The next suggestion was to watch out for racist biases in schools. One race should not get more attention than another from the teachers or the principal. And the final way to fight racism in schools is to widen your circle of friends and get to know them before you make any judgements. Racism begins by making judgements of people before you know them.
America’s first step in fighting racism was back in 1964 with the passing of the Civil Rights Act. This new law protected anyone from discrimination based on race, religion, gender or national origin (Garkins 8). Before the passing of this law,