Is Racism Still Alive?

The injustice within sentencing, media coverage, and actions of people have created high tensions in cultural areas.

Racism is a touchy subject even in 2015. Discrimination is not as blatant as it was in the early 1900s, but is still felt even today. Many people look at the news, and suspect racism to be a trigger to some of the events happening lately. The injustice within sentencing, media coverage, and actions of people have created high tensions in cultural areas.

When it comes to prosecuting, lately the courts have been coming back with shocking verdicts. Hate crimes continue to happen, but people just shrug it off as nothing. When this happens, it shows the individuals they can continue to do the same acts again. The same process is how Caucasians got away with hate crimes in the early 1900s. For example, Emmett Till was a young boy who was kidnapped and beaten to death due to color of skin. The jury even acquitted the murders, who killed Till. This event showed other racists, in this era, that it was okay to kill innocent black males.

The media coverage on certain events compared to others is unfair. News outlets, local and national, create two different lights when comparing blacks and whites. For example, when blacks protest it is automatically a riot and the police are ready to shoot. When there is a group of white┬áindividuals (really rioting), they are just “young confused college students”. The media coverage is the same, no matter what network, and is racist. The little differences made between blacks and whites is a door way back into the early 1900s. If we, as citizens, do not put a stop to ALL differences, then we will go back into segregation.

Due to the high crime towards cultural groups, many people are afraid they will be another carcass in a body bag. Many parents warn their children of the fear of being shot by dirty cops or racists on the street. The whole situation is disturbing , because certain cultures have to live with always wondering if they will be killed on that day.

In conclusion, differences created by certain situations make tensions between cultures grow and others grow. It is disappointing that racism still lingers, even in 2015. If we, as citizens, do not stand up for what is right, then danger is yet to come.

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