A new Pew Research Center survey finds profound differences between black and white Americans in how they view the current state of race relations and racial equality and in the ways they experience day-to-day life.
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. The post quickly went viral, garnering over 20, views and nearly comments. The Huffington Post published a revised version on July 1, While I knew white people could be ultra-sensitive about the topic of race, I honestly thought that many white people were saddened by the state of race relations in our country and striving to improve.
It was in this spirit that I wrote the post. Here is a smattering: Although in the LinkedIn post I did not mention guilt or shame once, and in the HuffPost revision I explicitly stated I am not trying to make anyone feel guilty, many commentators took me to task for trying to make them feel guilty and ashamed.
They found it preposterous that I stated that white people had originated American racism and that we hold the power to stop it. More than a few argued that racism in inevitable. They questioned my intentions and integrity.
They informed me that white people had gotten over racism a long time ago, and insinuated that people of color brought racism on to themselves. They questioned why I focused on white people, since many people practice racism in America.
And while I cannot be certain, it appeared based on their photos and commentary that almost all of these commentators are white. My friends of color had a totally different reaction. Americans are not at all on the same page when it comes to race, and from what I can observe, at a time when it is crucial we come together, we are drifting even further apart.
Many People of Color are reeling from a series of events that they interpret as evidence that American society finds them of no value. Meanwhile, some or perhaps many white people refuse to acknowledge that we have a problem with race in this country. They view evidence of institutionalized racism as the fault of people of color.
They perceive no pattern in recent events.
The idea that they might have something to do with racism is utterly ridiculous to them, and they wholeheartedly and vehemently dismiss the thought that anyone else might have another viewpoint. This is how I came to understand that we do have a problem with race in our country: I grew up in a largely white community and had very few interactions with people of xolor.
InI got lost in the public transportation system in Washington DC and wound up in a black neighborhood. I found it shocking that public officials did not care enough about the people living in this neighborhood.
At college, I developed friendships with people of color for the first time. I learned from them what it is like to grow up in a neighborhood like the one I saw in DC, how few chances of getting out there are, how difficult it is for those who do get out to feel embraced and welcomed and how stressful that is.
After college, I became a community organizer and spent a lot of time in neighborhoods like the one I saw in DC, getting to know the people there, listening to their life experiences. I moved to New York City to help immigrants become citizens, pounding the pavement in all parts of the five boroughs, speaking with people and learning.
This was how I became aware of institutionalized racism. I shifted my focus to workforce development and broadened my social network to include people of many races.
In I moved to San Francisco, and noticed the same patterns here as in NYC, high rates of poverty and unemployment among people of color in a region with one of the highest employment rates in the country.
I also started learning more about American history and how past policies continue to shape our society. I decided to shift focus again, to help more people understand how detrimental racism is. These experiences and friends I have made have taught me that racism is a problem in our society; in fact, it is the underlying problem to many other problems.Race is an ongoing issue within the United States and an essential issue in the study of iridis-photo-restoration.com a nation that was founded with the institution of slavery, the issue has not left since.5/5(1).
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Jul 07, · Yes, Racism Is Still a Problem in America Americans are not at all on the same page when it comes to race, and from what I can observe, at a time when it . In this sample essay on racism in America, an Ultius writer examines the race-related challenges social workers face in the United States on a daily basis.
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