This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

A Color Problem In A Post Racial Nation

2086 words - 8 pages

It appears that the color of your skin whether it be black, white, brown, red, or yellow doesn’t matter in America anymore. One might assume that this statement is a plausible one, given the fact that we have a male “African American” president, and America is now considered to be a “Post-Racial Nation” (Rush Limbaugh, 2010), where skin color is no longer an inhibiting factor. The truth of the matter is that race has most certainly played a significant factor in America’s history since the early 16th century and through to the 21st century. “Race” is a good predictor of who has power, owns land, receives privileges and opportunities, and who reaps the benefits of those items listed (just to name a few things from an exhaustive list). It seems as if African Americans along with other racial minority groups continue to be the primary targets of extreme discrimination, prejudice, racism and profiling when it comes to their observable characteristics.
The past is a good indicator of the future, and a careful examination of America’s richly eventful historical past will reveal that for a black male in particular, the likelihood of him being racially profiled occurs more frequently than his Caucasian counterparts. According to the declaration of independence which stated “all men are created equal” (Thomas Jefferson, 1776), it is evidently clear that this phrase was and still isn’t applicable toward African Americans. We can look at our nations early colonial era when the period’s powerful and well-to-do elites rationalized the enslavement of Africans and indigenous people as a moral good and service to “the lesser races”. It is universally known in America that the racial caste system of slavery which included racial profiling, lasted about four centuries in America, but once it ended did the racial disparities between Blacks and Whites in the United States come to a screeching halt? From that moment in time onward, racial profiling seemed to gained leaps and bounds in America especially as it relates to the criminal justice system. This discriminatory practice of racial profiling has a lengthy history of oppression towards people of color based on their heritage, and reaches blacks on many fronts no matter their socioeconomic status or geographical location.
In William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Dubois’s book The Souls of Black Folk, he elaborates on the woes that Blacks face in America as well as internationally. In his book he makes a bold claim that the predicament of the twentieth century blacks and other racial minorities face, concerning their upward mobility, can be reduced to a singular characteristic all minorities have in common, which is not being white and able to integrate into mainstream society.
This paper will in great detail prove that the social phenomenon of racial profiling is a germane factor when considering DuBois’s theory as it relates to people of color, and that being black and living in America is inherently a problem. In...

Find Another Essay On A Color Problem in a Post Racial Nation

Racial Profiling in America. This is a look at a specific problem in policing today. The subject is Racial profiling during traffic stops

2511 words - 10 pages Racial Profiling in America.In the past 10 years a regular occurrence has become a problem threatening the very well-being and respectability of Americas police departments. This problem is racial profiling. Racial Profiling occurs in many places but is greatly scrutinized and publicized in regards to traffic stops. Racial profiling in traffic stops is a practice that is wrong under our constitutional rights and it is an "un-American" way of

Mantaining Control in a Nation Essay

979 words - 4 pages that these types of restrictions on the citizens can cause a revolt. Winston joins with Julia and together they pursuit their escapade against the Party. Likewise, in the United States, protesters are largely known throughout the nation. The individuals that have a problem become very knowledgeable about it so that they can argue their point of view. They tend to hold rallies and create petitions to send to the government about a certain issue

Post Colonial Nation building in Africa

3608 words - 14 pages will surely ensue as a result of overpowering social forces. As Rupert Emerson notes in Nation Building, the African communities, particularly tribes, pose a significant problem to the establishment of independent states. "It is evident that the traditional tribal system is not readily compatible with the new and perhaps incipiently national state structures" (Emerson 98). This is a formidable challenge for states who encounter these communities

Decreasing Equality in a Growing Free Nation

1780 words - 8 pages establishing argument that all men are created equal, women would finally make a strive for their equal rights in the 1840’s. Angelina Grimke was a women’s equal rights activist who explained the problem behind living in a free nation where women are oppressed. She states, “Heaven has appointed to one sex the superior and to the other the subordinate station” (Yazawa 280). She believes despite what women are told, they will never be granted rights

Racial Injustice In To Kill A Mockingbird

1303 words - 5 pages the novel To Kill a Mockingbird the truth wasn't found in time, however in the movie A Time To Kill justice was eventually found only after the loss of lives though. The death of the truly guilty party lead to the truth in both cases though.Recently in Cincinnati we have being going through a lot of civil unrest, and we have really been concentrating on color. Our judicial system has really had to look at race and racial profiling, because

Racial Injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird

1357 words - 5 pages In a desperate attempt to save his client, Tom Robinson, from death, Atticus Finch boldly declares, “To begin with, this case should never have come to trial. This case is as simple as black and white” (Lee 271). The gross amounts of lurid racial inequality in the early 20th century South is unfathomable to the everyday modern person. African-Americans received absolutely no equality anywhere, especially not in American court rooms. After

Racial Discrimination in To Kill a Mockingbird

588 words - 2 pages To kill a mockingbird is an extremely powerful book highlighting the horrors of racial discrimination in the “Deep South” of the United States of America. Discuss. To kill a mockingbird is an extremely powerful book highlighting the horrors of racial discrimination in the “Deep South” of the United States of America. It focuses on the racial issues concerning a staunch, typically “white” country town in the “Deep South.” This essay

A Problem In The World

776 words - 4 pages What if we lived in a perfect world? What if everything worked perfectly and there were no problems? Well, it can’t be that way; it’s highly unlikely. There are countless problems in the world we know and love. Some are gigantic, some are smaller, but we still have problems. It is the human nature. One of the problems in this world is the influence that is given to teenagers; and there is a possible solution to these problem. Society

Security in a Post September 11th World

2628 words - 11 pages ). The Patriot Act greatly increases the authority of the United States government. One can see that this Act also takes away many rights and liberties of United Stats citizens. Citizens losing their liberties have been a trend in the anti-terrorism legislation since 9/11. Post 9/11 security policies even affects people’s leisure activities. Airport passenger screening wasn’t the only type of screening to receive a major increase. One can see this

Group Dynamics in a Post-Secondary Environment

923 words - 4 pages Introduction In an academic environment, it is an excellent setting for many individual to come together and form new groups, whether it is for social or task oriented. It provides a great chance for individuals to develop and change over time with other people, while going through the hardships of post-secondary. This paper will focus on a group called “The Lifesavers” and it will examine the behavior of each group members and how they

Work Organisation in a Post Industrial Economy

2444 words - 10 pages , 2012), along with a growing minority of full time employees who are regularly working long hours, oftentimes without compensation (Campbell, 2007). It is this latter trend towards long working hours that will be considered in this essay. After a brief look at long working hours, the essay considers the research on two important issues related to working long hours; conflicting work life balance and health issues. Consideration is then given to

Similar Essays

A Post Racial America Essay

894 words - 4 pages children and generations to come will realize our dream of having a post-racial America. In terms of racial issues, our current generation of young adults is already more open-minded and accepting than ever. “This latest generation doesn’t harbor some of the ugly prejudices that our parents or we Baby Boomers do” (Reeves). Unfortunately, this does not stop racism from finding its way to them one way or another. We may have taken a substantial leap over

Racial Descrimination: Being Muslim In A Post 9/11 America

1076 words - 4 pages turban or have a beard.This racism is also due to the fact that Americans are uneducated about minority religions that reside in their nation. The American media displays pictures of terrorists as men wearing turbans. Americans automatically believe that all those who are proud enough and not ashamed of their religion and do wear a turban are terrorists.This was the case in an incident that occurred not long after the attacks. A Sikh father whose

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Global Problem

1780 words - 7 pages Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, otherwise known as PTSD, is a serious psychological condition that occurs as a result of experiencing a traumatic event. It is a disorder most often associated with military personnel and veterans, most of whom have engaged in combat at some point in their military careers. However, this condition is not bound to limitations of our military men and women. No, this condition can have effects on all people, no

A Nation In Bloom Essay

968 words - 4 pages and the garden was incorporated into the National Mall in late 1820. The original garden was on swampy ground making it difficult to irrigate the plants. Funds to build the garden were scarce but the garden was still a strong symbol for our nation. The garden united the different parts of the world and displayed rich history in a clear and beautiful manner. Eventually the maintenance of the garden proved to be too costly, and as a result, the