Teen Discrimination Essay

According to Dictionary.com, “racism” is a belief that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement; usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. “Racism,” however, may have definitions of different stature and connotation, all depending upon your definer. To some people, “racism” means discriminating against someone because of their race, skin color, or the ethnic stereotypes in which they’re placed. Some people also believe that the use of racist terms or the act of hate crimes is what defines someone as a racist. To others, it may mean getting special opportunities due solely to the fact that the ethnic group to which they belong is a minority. So what, really, is racism?

Racism is everywhere, surrounding everyone at all times, whether people are aware of it or not. Sure, modern “musicians” use racist terms in every other line of their songs. Sure, more than often, people subconsciously place others into ethnic stereotypes. To me, however, this is not being racist. Racism, to me, exists largely within the fear of racism. Racism, to me, exists in people fearing that which they do not fully understand. To be a real, genuine racist, you have to place one ethnic group higher or lower on a scale of importance or significance than certain other ethnic groups. To be a racist, it is required that you view people for their race or skin color, rather than their capabilities or contributions to the world as a human being.
In American society, “racists” are openly frowned upon. Accusations of racism are constantly flying around, much of the time, towards people who base their actions and decisions solemnly on what is fair. Viewing people as equals constantly gets business owners, employers, coworkers, and even peers in trouble. People don’t often acknowledge it, but racism occurs against majorities just as much as, if not more than, it occurs against minorities. University scholarships and admissions, for instance, are two of the biggest examples of racism against majorities. If two athletes, one Caucasian and one African-American, both of similar athletic and academic capabilities, were to apply for a scholarship to the same school, it is more than likely that the scholarship would go to the African-American applicant over the Caucasian. Why is this? Why is it that during the determination as to whom will be accepted, an African American student with a 3.5 grade point average may be granted admittance over a Caucasian student with a 4.0 grade point average? Universities, in order to avoid accusations of racism, must meet a certain quota for different ethnicities; Affirmative Action imposes this admittance shackle on the administrators of universities. Admittance into universities, in my opinion, however, should be based upon one criterion alone: qualification.

In universities all over the country, race plays a significant role in the decision process of who might be eligible to receive scholarships and acceptance. Why is this fair? Why is it fair that someone who works just as hard to maintain a high grade point average, someone who has all the extracurricular activities, someone with a higher SAT score gets overlooked for an opportunity mainly because they are a part of the majority group in America? Why is it fair that African-American and Hispanic students will qualify for so many more scholarship opportunities at the end of their high school career than Caucasian students?

Racism can be defined many ways from many perspective viewpoints. It is not my intention to say that things such as racial profiling, hate crimes, and discrimination aren’t the basis of racism, as they are an ongoing problem. Racism and discrimination come in many different forms. It is, however, my intention to bring it to attention that racism towards majorities has become a commonly ignored norm in American society.

Another factor of racism is the offense that people take to it. Certain commonly used terms and situations have “racist” connotations attached to them. Does that mean that every time a racist term is said, it is being used in hate towards another race? Does it mean that in every situation in which race is brought up it is a racist situation? No. People overreacting to “racism” is much of the reason why universities, business owners, and school administrators go so far out of their way to avoid it. Unfortunately, in doing many of the things they do to avoid racism, they only transfer it from one ethnic group to another. Throughout time, all people have strived for equality. Now that we’re making progress towards including minority ethnic groups in things that used to be exclusively for Caucasians, why are Caucasians feeling negative effects? Perhaps people of other races that receive discrimination feel that they deserve special privileges because of it; maybe some of them do. Those privileges, however, should not be denied from people who have not been “openly” discriminated against, as this is just as racist as the initial discrimination was to begin with.

Racism is a ubiquitous force and a worldwide problem experienced everywhere by everyone at some point. Although levels of racism seem to be slowly decreasing in situations around the world, it is probably true that racism will never completely die. It is important not to ignore such a problem. Even groups who appear to be unaffected by it, most likely are in some way. Perhaps bringing racism, both towards minority groups as well as majority groups, to the surface can help to slowly dissolve the issue and promote worldwide equality amongst people. Hopefully looking at the issue from different perspectives can help to achieve that goal.

I Believe

I believe tolerance can be a reality, but do you believe what i believe, do you think that many people not just in America, but all around the world are going to change their thoughts to make my opinion a fact? During the holocaust 6 millions of Jewish people were killed, in America there has been many terrorist acts that have killed thousands of people and yesterday, today and tomorrow the number of people killed by intolerance has and can increase. People naturally good at heart. with current general education and the strong powerful sense of forgiveness we can do this!

First of all, "In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart" is the phrase that Anne Frank wrote. During her, her family and other people were hiding in the secret annex, she would write in a diary were the phrase was taken from which i think is a way to show that even though they had to hide or else they would be killed in concentration camp, she thought that Hitler and other Germans were still good at hearts, as in what i think she referred to. People in school, their work and other places get along with other people no matter what raze or believe they have is a way to proof that they are naturally good at heart and also help me make my opinion a fact in one way. Being naturally good at heart is something not that you should be but should believe if you agree with the point that tolerant can be a reality in today’s society.

Secondly, current general education, something that not everybody has but can and should learn is a great way to be tolerant like in the hatred video called "Truth about Hate". In this video teens from a High School that don’t get along, that feel like if they were surrounded and about to get tackled, a way that no body should be feeling, are offered to meet. They except, first start learning about each other, then they start to get along better now that they know a bit more about each other, they learn about their different cultures, what they eat, how they dress, what type of church do they go to, what they do at church, Finally in this video they meet more of their families and at the end be friends. Then they meet the next day they meet with their old friends and with the new one and talk about what they learned. also that they could of been like really good friends and notice that they could of been tolerant to each other sense the beginning.

Finally, when you say sorry, forgive someone or any other thing that is familiar, you are showing that you like other millions of people have THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS. Like Goldie and George Jacoby, no matter what happen in their life because of the racism of Hitler they don’t walk around somewhere saying stuff about people that they know, that were involved with Hitler. They said that no matter what happen they didn’t regret them because even though they past threw many things and pain they learned the true meaning of life.

In conclusion, if you think that people are going to change to make what i believe true your wrong, but us that are naturally good at heart have to try, learn, help and teach with our current general education how to be tolerant and have the power of forgiveness to everybody no matter what color or raze they are and that’s why I believe that tolerance can be a reality in today’s society. Being naturally good of heart like Anne Frank, current education to learn how good it is to learn about how to be tolerant and the power of forgiveness like Goldie and George Jacoby forgave the Germans and forgot all about what happen even though it still is in their present are many arguments of how tolerant can be a reality.


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