Racial Tensions Across The Years Essay

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Racism has been a huge topic for many years. From the Civil War, to the 1960’s and Martin Luther King Jr. to today, it is an ongoing issue. The definition of racism is the “poor treatment or violence towards a person because of their race or beliefs.” When one looks at the extreme violence against African Americans in the sixties to the typical racism we see today, one would surmise that racial tensions have greatly eased over the years. However, that is true only when focusing on the tensions between whites and African Americans. When new, non-traditional forms of racism are examined as well as, tensions between minorities and traditional racism, it is easy to see that the issue of race has not eased, it is the same as it was in the 1960’s; it has simply changed forms.
As stated previously, the definition of racism is, “the poor treatment or violence towards a person because of their race or beliefs.” This definition encompasses a huge number of violent acts and hate crimes that are not normally considered to be racism. Terrorism is one such act. Much of terrorism is committed with an anti-American, Christian or Jewish intent. Two of the more recent terrorist attacks include 9/11 and the Boston Marathon bombings. Over 2,000 people were reported dead from the attacks on September 11th. Three people were killed and over 200 injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. The perpetrators of both attacks, Osama bin Laden and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev both cited hatred for Americans and their involvement in Middle East politics as their motivation for acts of terrorism. “Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ‘the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack,’ the Post writes. The Guardian’s Glen Greenwald… also notes that this is one of the reasons mentioned by Osama Bin Laden as a justification for his support of violence against America.” Their hatred for Americans is what led to their horrific acts. Many other terror acts are fueled by the same anti-Americanism as well as anti-Christian and anti-Sematism. This attitude is also evident in social media and schools. Countless court cases have been brought on because a student’s religious freedom has been denied. Schools have cracked down on Christianity especially by removing “under God” from the pledge of allegiance and forbidding students to pray openly or with other students on campus. Because these acts target either race or religion, they are, by definition, forms of racism.
In the 1960’s the issue of race was much more concentrated. African Americans and whites were really the only two parties involved. Today racial tensions are much more widespread. Racism does not consist of two races in conflict but has spread to most races in America. Aside from racism from whites, the minorities in America display racial tensions. A recent study surveyed 1,105 adults in three minorities: African...

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