Society's Allowance Of Racism Essay

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Society's Allowance of Racism

Throughout history, race have been defined along genetic, legal, and social line each presenting its own set of problems. Genetic race has been defined by nothing differences in gene frequencies amongst selected groups. The legal definition of race were not devised to determine who was black or of another race, but rather who was not white. Most legal definitions of race were devices to prevent blacks from attending white schools, serving on juries, holding certain jobs, or patronizing certain public places. Last but not least we have social lines, which defines race as the decisive one in most interactions. It pays little attention to an individual’s hereditary physical features or to whether his or her percentage of “Negro Blood” is one fourth, one eighth, or one sixteenth. According to social definitions of race, if a member of a certain race and others respond to that person as a member of that race, it makes little sense to say that he or she is not a member of that race. Although we have progressed to a more “open-minded” society, there are some issues that need to be cleared. There’s a case of discrimination and racial tension going on that need to be brought to a head. Many of these actions are taken place upon minorities. To a certain extent, our society is still segregated. We as believers of Christ needs to learn to accept each other for who we are and not for the color of one’s skin.
Some still see our society as a racist society. The past years of the 60’s and 70’s were to open doors for blacks and other minorities. Freedom marches were held, sit-ins, and different protest movements were held to fight for freedom and equal justice. Many would say that the battle has been won but I often find myself asking myself, “Do we really have freedom”. Blacks and other minorities would say that we are on level three on a scale of one to five. We’ve accomplished level one, which was a key to unlock the doors of opportunity. We gained opportunity by winning he battles of fighting for equality among all races. The next step was the ability to work and gain experience. We finally got the chance to work among every member of society. Now we are here at level three where there is a standstill upon minorities. I personally feel as though too many minorities are to content with the positions we hold today. It seems as though many are satisfied as long as they’re in the door. The fourth step is positions, which lack minorities. Eight out of ten high whites hold ranked positions among businesses and company’s today. I feel as if some blacks are in position today because companies feel threatened by racial tension and must place a minority somewhere in rank. We need to all struggles as one to reach the final step of equal justice. We have to make the best out of the world and not let the world get the best of us. When God created man, he did not create superior man, middleman, or low man, we...

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