Most people would agree when I say that racism is a disease in our society that has been uncured for as long as anyone can remember. Even after the enactment of many anti-racism laws, racism still has not been eradicated. Andrew Leon Hanna from Duke University explains in his article, “Racism: A Global Issue Desperate for Unity”, that racism is a global issue in need of unity. He argues that, if everyone unites in an effort to end racism, we will eventually be able to stop it for good. However, his argument will not work because waiting for everyone to unite is going to take a long time. In addition, there is no way for everyone in the world to unite and fight against this epidemic because there is always going to be someone that has a different view than the rest of the people and will not cooperate. Because of the lack of unity in human nature, more realistic and pragmatic approaches are needed to combat racism.
In “Racism: A Global Issue Desperate for Unity”, Hanna explains the importance of unity to combat racism. He says that “racism is inherently a global issue” and includes a lot more than what we see around “the borders of our home nations.” There are a lot of people experiencing some sort of racial discrimination around the world, for example, the continual oppression of the Palestinians by the Israelis, Africans that were frozen in Australia, and Africans that experienced discrimination in China. He argues that the political leaders need to meet, discuss the problem, and try to solve it together. They already have a platform for discussion and they should take advantage of it because it is a problem the whole world is facing today. In addition to politics, Hanna argues that NGOs, businesses and international organizations should do the same. The denial of the problem is making it worse, he says, because, if there is no unity in the effort of trying to counter racism, there is no doubt that the problem will continue to grow. He concludes that “we must use the platform already established by the UN to ignite a global, unified movement through well-enforced policies that hold the governments of each nation truly accountable.” He claims that unity is the best way to end racism.
I agree with Hanna that racism is a global issue because, like many other people, I used to believe that racism was just an issue the United States faced, but, when I really thought about it, I realized that racism truly was a global issue. Racism occurs in more countries than those publicized. Even if there are no physical or violent confrontations, racism is present in almost every country in the world. There is always one group that considers itself superior to another.
However, I disagree with Hanna’s argument that racism can be stopped if everyone unites to fight against it. This solution has a lot of flaws because it is not possible for the whole world to unite in agreement against one thing. Part of the reason we cannot all unite is because the word...