Even though race does not exist biologically, it does exist as a social construction. This means that people believe in it and act on it even though it is not real. One of the ways the construction of race has shaped people is called explicit racism, or directly and consciously believing that one's own "racial" group is superior to others. Another way that Americans have been shaped by "race" is prejudice and discrimination. Prejudice is having a predetermined attitude about a group of people usually based on a stereotype. Discrimination is an action or behavior that results in unequal treatment of individuals because of his or her perceived "race." However, over the last few years, the United States has elected its first black/ mixed-race President, there are more black actors and actresses on network television, and the cultural norm is that it’s wrong to be racist, SO
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Is racism still relevant? Should we still be concerned about racism or have we moved past racism?
Checkout these recent events in our country:
Here is a post about racist tweets from the 2013 Miss America pageant.
Here is a post about a 2013 racist incident in an unlikely place.
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education has an ongoing list of racist incidents.
A college student from Queens got more than he bargained for when he splurged on a $350 designer belt at Barneys — when a clerk had him cuffed apparently thinking the black teen couldn’t afford the pricey purchase, even though he had paid for it, a new lawsuit alleges.
“His only crime was being a young black man,” his attorney, Michael Palillo, told The Post.
During the Healthcare debate in 2009, Representative David Scott of Georgia had a 4foot swastika painted over his office sign.
The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies hate groups in America. This link will show you a map of all the hate groups in the United States. Is this surprising? Is this concerning?
This article from the Mail Online, A British online newspaper:
And with Mr Obama reportedly receiving more death threats than any other American president - 400 per cent more than those against his predecessor George Bush, according to a new book...A black U.S. Congressman had a swastika painted over his office sign after he yelled at allegedly racist protesters at a Southern town hall meeting, it emerged today.In 2012, Joel Ward, a black NHL player scored the winning goal in the NHL playoffs and he became the target of racial slurs.
Fraternities and sororities hold racial-themed parties that display very directly the racialized stereotypes that persist in the United States. Does this surprise you? How would you feel/react to a party like this when you go to college?
Here is a post explaining that dynamic from the society pages. Here is a clip of the skit from the daily beast. Have you seen or heard any explicit racism in your own life?