Racism still exists today and in many forms

Racism still exists in today’s world. The text book definition of racism means the prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. It’s simple to turn a blind eye when it doesn’t affect one personally. Although racism exists outside of the country, it’s important to also acknowledge the problem when it occurs in our surrounding environment. 

Racism has evolved over the years, but what problems does the country face nowadays? Although many events of racism take place unseen; some have made news headlines. 

 

Central Park Jogger Case: 

In 1989, a group of young black teenagers were hanging out around Central Park, New York. Some were walking around trying to pick fights with people. The same night a white woman, Trisha Meili, had been out jogging in the same park. Her body was discovered beaten and sexually assaulted, and was in a coma that lasted for about two weeks. Five Hispanic and black boys between ages 14 and 16 were accused and jailed for the crime. After being harassed in a questioning session, Matias Reyes at 17 years old plead guilty to the crime and that he had acted alone. The problem was they never were guilty of the crime, and the real crime was being falsely accused by racist officials. 

 

Makeup Companies: 

It’s nothing new that makeup has a big influence in today’s culture across the world. So why is it that there are more shades for lighter people than for darker people? Jackie Aina, a YouTuber, has been a big makeup influencer for years starting off her channel. She has discussed how makeup industries favor light skinned people because they believe only those can be big promoters. She was also invited on an influencer field trip where only three other girls out of 25 were colored. This showed how the influencer community favors white girls over darker ones which leads into racism. 

 

Eric Garner:

Last year, a 2013 video went viral showing a police officer continuously choking a black man. James Williams was the black man being choked for selling water bottles in New York. Although this isn’t the Eric Garner incidence, it sounds really similar to that doesn’t it? In 2014, Eric Garner, a black man and father, planned to meet his friend at a Buffalo Wild Wings. A fight broke out, and Garner chimed in to help break it up. Shortly after, the NYPD accused Garner of selling untaxed cigarettes and then attempted to arrest him. The unarmed man asked the officer why he was being targeted, and then eventually an officer had him in a chokehold which is also banned from the NYPD. The officer had him in a chokehold for eleven seconds while the Garner repeatedly said “I can’t breath.” After the tragic death of Garner, charges were dropped from the officer, and he went on having his job. 

 

Starbucks: 

In 2018, two black men who went inside a Starbucks were told they couldn’t stay unless they ordered something. They were waiting for a friend, but an employee called the police reporting that the men were “trespassing.” The staff called because Starbucks “doesn’t allow non paying people from the public to come in and use the restroom.” The white people around were just as confused because they never were kicked out for doing the same thing. Later the owner of Starbucks had sent out an apology and closed the store for the employees to have retraining. 

 

U.S.:

Politics can play a major role in how Americans view people of a different shade. Statistics have shown that under the Trump administration, racism has become more common and more acceptable. Americans blame Trump’s severe nationalism that has turned more people to show their racist side. Other Americans have called out Trump for flat out being racist because of comments he’s made to non-white groups. 

 

It doesn’t just apply to African Americans, but other races as well. I focused on this issue because it’s changed in a new form over time from our class history books. I’ve dealt with it on a daily basis, but I can use my experience to spread awareness. I’ve faced religious discrimination alongside with racism, and it can be frustrating for people to not understand that it can happen to anyone and anywhere at anytime. Unless you’re in the shoes of someone who faces racism, you will never know what it’s like and how that person feels.

People get away with this every single day. It happens inside the classroom where teachers become oblivious, and it can happen at a Walmart while bystanders are too scared to say anything. The more we talk about this problem, the closer we can approach a solution or multiple solutions. I believe we need to start looking where the core problem resigns which for this article it refers to the school. From there we can work our way out to the community, county, state, and possibly the country.

The list can go on and on, but racism is always going to be a problem if we don’t start to acknowledge that it exists. Whether it’s inside the school or out in a shopping complex, we should avoid offending anyone because we’re all still Americans. We should strive to treat everyone equally because at the end of the day we’re all human beings.