Racial Progress (online writings)

In 2011, a study found that ” just 16 percent of whites believe that there is a lot of discrimination in America today, compared to 59 percent of African-Americans and 22 percent of Latinos.”  In the space below, I want you to speculate and reflect on  these varied numbers.  Use specifics and evidence (explain why) as to these very different numbers.  Create a list of at least 5 reasons
Last day to participate September 15

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17 thoughts on “Racial Progress (online writings)

  1. There could be a lot of different reasons on why these numbers vary. It can depending in what part of America you live in or even what your own personal definition of discrimination really is. What is very obvious to me is that the number of white people who believe that there is a lot of discrimination in America today is a lot less than the “colored” people is because they are not affected by it at a personal level. It might affect friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. but it never affects them personally so they are not as aware of everything going on as the people who are affected in a personal level. In society today if a white person and a black person apply for the same job, the white person automatically gains an 8 year job experience just by what there names are. If the people applying for the job are named Jamal and Tyler, than Tyler has an 8-year job experience advantage just because of his name. This is a huge discrimination factor and this is happen today. Not 50 years ago this is happening today. So of coarse the African American community is going to believe there is a lot of discrimination going on today.
    The Latino community percent is surprisingly a lot lower than that of the African Americans. I believe this is so because the Latino people have not been through as much as the African American people as a whole when it comes to slavery and discrimination and all of those things. The Latino people are fairly new to this so they are more victimized by people rather than by groups and communities unlike the blacks.
    Another reason why I believe the whites have such a low percent is because they are in some ways embarrassed and don’t want to face reality in how there country really is. They want to hide from the truth so they make themselves believe that everything is all-better now when in reality its not.
    People base discrimination on looks even though looks can say nothing about their racial background. Latinos percent is lower also because a lot of Latin American countries the people don’t even look of color. They look white like in Argentina, Uruguay, and parts of Mexico. So they don’t get as discriminated against as people who are darker in appearance.

    • I do agree that Latino’s have had less discrimination. Esepcially in the past, discrimination towards African America were far more prevalent than any other race. Not to say there was none against other races, just not as much. I also agree that because Americans are not nearly as exposed to racisms first hand, they have to think about it much less which widely contributes to why they are less likely to think about racism as being an issue. However, I don’t think that Americans are necessarily embarrassed, they are just naïve. Today, we are never taught about racisms today but racisms in a past. Many Americans are completely oblivious to the racisms that goes on.

  2. How do we account for this within reading: “And because people don’t want to acknowledge that racism exists, it’s harder to fight it both on a personal level, and on an institutional one. For example, while whites are more likely to abuse drugs than African Americans, blacks are seen by the media and general public as criminals and drug users. Which in turn leads to programs like “Stop and Frisk”. Which are aimed at minority youth. Which in turn leads to higher incarceration rates for black youth, for crimes their white counterparts are not even looked at for. Blacks also get longer and harsher sentences. Which in turn leads to more disenfranchised minorities.”

    • So in my opinion I think the majority of whites have a 16% rate of discrimination awareness because they’re not aware and don’t have to go through the things black people go through. Blacks face some of the worst stereotypes there are around. For example I learned from looking at Mr. .Leonard’s response I seen that blacks get much longer sentences for jail time then any other race, how fair is that? That’s why black people feel there is much more racism going around this world than white. White people don’t have to worry about many negative stereotypes and prejudice ways a black person has to deal with just because of the past, we get treated like this today, which is not bad but its not always easy for white people to communicate with a black person openly and willingly. Latinos also have their own problems they have to overcome, I don’t know much about Latinos struggles but there rate of discrimination awareness was higher at 16% than the whites that voted only 16%. I know whites for sure have their own problems like stereotypes of being prejudice and judging others like they are the superior race to be. All the overall races have a lot of things in our past that in a way dictate how and why people act the way they do today towards each other and it makes no sense. Why can’t we all just get along? Everyone on this earth is equal nobody is should have more say-so than anyone else just because of their race point blank period.

  3. The statement about 16% of whites believing that there is a lot of discrimination in America today is false. There is a lot of discrimination in society, and the public is saying that there’s only 16% of white believing it? If you look back 50 years from now you would see that there was still discrimination like there is today and it hasn’t changed a bit. The segregation change and freedom changed but discrimination hasn’t changed at all. Whites still seem to have racial issues with blacks, but not only blacks, but with other races as well. Back then the whites would want to be superior in their country and let other races have no rights like theirs. Now there is still discrimination in the public like at work, schools, public resources, etc. In the 21st century we have a black president and the whites were discriminating on the black president and voted on a white president. But the black president won because he not only had white voters or black voters, he had voters from different races as well. Discrimination should end but in reality it won’t end because people will discriminate anyway.

  4. Racism has existed in the United States for many years; since slavery was legal, since immigration limits were set, and since the world began determining who was “white” and who was “black”. The African American community receives the worst discrimination because they are the most physically different. Since racism is a social construct, we set apart people of color because our brains see them as different. Blacks and Latinos are a minority, causing them to see and feel the effects of racism in todays society more than the average white person.
    Another reason these numbers are the way they are is because of history. It is difficult to notice advantages that have been passed down in a culture from generation to generation. Whites typically gain wealth from their ancestors, giving them a bigger starting point when succeeding in the business world. Whites are less likely to notice this than Blacks or Latinos who have to go without it.
    Studies have demonstrated Blacks and Latinos are denied mortgage loans the majority of the time in which they apply. Whites may never even be aware of this occurrence. I know I wasn’t. The discrimination and prejudice people of color have to go through may be entirely absent to white people’s understanding.
    In class we watched a video about young girls who felt ugly and had low self worth because they were black. These girls shouldn’t have to feel this way, but society causes them to assume they aren’t equal to “light-skinned girls”. It is things like this white girls never have to face-causing an ignorance to racism in society.

  5. Race is a biological myth, studies have been done since the beginning of time tying to prove that other races were inferior to the dominant white race. The issue of race has lead to slavery, immigration laws, and Jim Crow laws. White people only believe that there is not a lot of discrimination in our world today because they have always had the advantage, many white people have never had to struggle with racial discrimination. Being white has always been the “ideal” physical characteristic in America.White has always been seen as the dominant race in the world, as a matter of a fact it is still considered the dominant race in our world today.
    A recent study showed, that 59 percent of African Americans believe that there is still discrimination in the world today. This is based off hundreds of years of consent racial separation. Before the mid to late twentieth century African Americans were completely segregated from Caucasians. They could not attend the same schools, eat at the same restaurants, attend the same church, live in the same neighborhoods, and work in the same work place. African Americans are given the same rights in the United States, but a majority of the time Caucasians do not give them equal opportunities. For an example a recent study shows that when two people apply for a job, and one has a “white” sounding name and other one has a “black” sounding name. The “black” sounding name would get 8 years less experience than the person with the “white” sounding name. With that assumption the person with the “white” sounding name would be way more likely to be hired than the person with the “black” sounding name. African Americans face worse racial discrimination than any other race.This is due to the “normal” behavior socially acceptable by the previously dominant white race. Though discrimination is still continuously decreasing it is still very apparent in today’s society.
    A recent study showed, that 22 percent of Latinos believe there is still discrimination in our world today. I believe that Latinos have a lower percentage than African Americans because Latinos do not have the prominent discriminative history with white Americans. Compared to African Americans that have dealt with the history of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. Much of the issue today with Latinos is believed to be illegal immigration. Many people have come to the conclusion that every Latino family in America is illegal and they are taking jobs away from American citizens. For that very reason Latinos are denied mortgage loans, as well as jobs.
    Caucasians tend to not see discrimination as a problem, because they are the majority compared to African Americans and Latinos which are the minority. Racial discrimination has been so normalized for the white race. Since the creation of social statuses due to physical characteristics discrimination has been normalized. This has created a layer of subconscious racism in among white Americans.

  6. I think that the number of Americans who think that racisms is not much of an issue compared to Latino’s and African Americans is due to many reasons. First off, I think this is the case because Americans learn throughout the majority of their schooling the horribleness that went on in past history. When comparing to this, its not as big of an issues but that does definitely not mean it is an issues still today. Also, in school Americans never learn about current racisms that goes on. Additionally, I think this is because Americans turn blind eye.
    Racisms is something that makes people feel uncomfortable, especially Americans. They turn a blind eye avoiding the conflict all together. Americans also isolate themselves. My high school had a vast majority of Americans compared to African Americans and Latinos. I grew up in suburbs in a very safe community with a primarily white dominance. Being from a place with such little diversity and growing up surrounded by those who look exactly like me makes it easy for me to turn a blind eye and avoid the uncomfortable situation all together.
    In addition, I think those who are African American or Latino grow up with a perceived idea of themselves due to their surroundings and there influence. For example, within class we watched a video that had African American children selecting which doll they want to play with and looks more friendly. The majority of African American children chose the white doll and claimed it “look nicer”. Those who are African American or Latino are discriminated much more than African Americans. It is much more prevalent in their lives, which is why their percentage may be higher.
    I believe that many Americans think that believe that racisms is no longer an issue. Especially within my generation people think that racism is something of the past. Because they voted for Obama, they are not racist, even though it is not nearly as simple as that.
    I think the difference in the Latino statistic and African American statistic shows that African Americans have truly been through the most. All three percentages are somewhat of a reflection of the difficulties each race has gone through. African Americans being the highest because they have and are currently experiencing the most racist discrimination.

    • As you said, we don’t learn about recent racism. I think this is good point. In my opinion, we are affected by education a lot, so we need to change the program about race.

    • surrounding people. most people are more willing to play with people with the same race, and blacks as a small number of group compare Whites are hard to integrated into other groups. This may cause the Children realize that they are not as good as others

  7. As we can see, more than a half of African Americans feel that there is discrimination a lot in America now. One of the reasons, I guess, is that they were treated as slavers by whites in the past. They used to work in the terrible situation. Especially, as they are learning history, they might feel that. Also, even though the law which said African Americans were not slavers any more was executed, they were separated from whites. In other words, Blacks and whites were equal but they were divorced by Jim Crow Laws. Therefore, like in the past, many African Americans still might think that there is discrimination in America even though they are considered equal to whites today.
    On the other hands, Latinos were not treated as awful as African Americans before, like slavery and Jim Crow Laws, and African Americans were more discriminated than other races. Thus, I think the number of Latinos who believe that there is discrimination is smaller than that of African Americans.
    In addition, the media like TV, fashion magazines, and social network services are sending the ideals of beauty, especially women. In fashion magazines, there are many fashion models who are whites. We believe that fashion models are the ideals of beautiful women and cool men. Therefore, whites seem to be superior to people of color. Recently, population of the models of color is increasing but white model are active in the world as well.
    Moreover, in America, most of the presidents, politicians, and managers are white. It means that higher positions are composed of whites. So, other races think that they are discriminated.
    Besides, by the article, “WHITE PRIVILEGE SHAPES THE U.S.”, the author, Jensen, learned, at public school, that white people are wonderful because they developed America. Therefore, in my opinion, many whites believe that there is not discrimination here because of their education system.

  8. I think there are many reasons cause these very percentage numbers, but the primary reason which I think is history. In the 16th century, European colonists began trading the blacks to the US, and the blacks were treated and controlled as slaves by White more than 200 years. During this period, Whites’ social level was much higher than blacks, and the US promulgate law to deprive the rights and power of blacks. Such as black people cannot go to the same school like white people and blacks have to give their seats to whites on the bus. These laws are all fully reflected that the inequality social status between blacks and white. However, these events mostly happened in the south of America, and these people who are traded as slaves get full of pain and repression. Until nowadays, these blacks’ seed become the African Americans, and they have the same rights and power as American citizens with Whites; however, that piece of history with pain and repression over 200 years is hard to be forgotten. Therefore, some of African Americans still realize that they are discriminated, and some of Whites think that their social level are higher than blacks, because the blacks are treated as slaves by them in the past more than 200 years.
    The second reason that I think is self-delusion. Like Whites Americans, I am a majority group of race. I have never realized that the racism happened around me, because most of people are same race with me, and we have the same culture and language. However, we may don’t understand the culture of other people with different race, and we may against their customs unconscious the make the people realize that we don’t respect them and discriminate them. I think this may happened in the group of Whites and Blacks which the Whites as the majority group. I think this is one of reasons that more blacks think they are discriminated. However, the Whites may just do not understand their culture and do something unconscious to against Blacks customs.
    For Latin people which I think is easy to explain. Because Latinos don’t have that piece of slavery history compare to African Americans in 16th century, this

  9. The statement about 16% of whites believing that there is a lot of discrimination in America today is false. There is a lot of discrimination in society, and the public is saying that there’s only 16% of white believing it? If you look back 50 years from now you would see that there was still discrimination like there is today and it hasn’t changed a bit. Back then blacks were slaves and were in terrible poverty and how Congress said that African Americans were 3/5 of a person. The whites were superior since the 16th century and were in Africa to ship Africans to USA for profit and for them to work in hard labor. From this day segregation changed and freedom changed but discrimination hasn’t changed at all. Whites still seem to have racial issues with blacks, but not only blacks, but with other races as well. Back then the whites would want to be superior in their country and let other races have no rights like theirs. They would want to follow the Naturalization Act that was passed in 1790 and just allow people that are white become citizens. Now there is still discrimination in the public like at work, schools, public resources, etc. In the 21st century some places in society are diverse and some aren’t. People around me know the same language and are treated the same, but in some cultures they are still treated differently. Now we have a black president and the whites were discriminating on the black president and voted on a white president. But the black president won because he not only had white voters or black voters, he had voters from different races as well. A few years from now we might have a president from a different race and people might praise him. If discrimination possibly ends in the future, then we will have a diverse nation and citizens will have no issues. Discrimination should end but in reality it won’t end because people will discriminate anyway.

  10. It is sad that only 16% of white people in America believe in discrimination. It is sad because most of it is from people who ignore it and then those people who raise children to not believe in it. It is not surprising that so little Latinos believe in discrimination in America because for so long they have been forced to stay behind the border so they have not been discriminated against in America to the extent African Americans have been and for the most part things are better in North America to them. For the African Americans who do not believe in discrimination I could not even speak on that because I could not even know how they haven’t experienced discrimination in America unless they grew up in a white community. I kind of take that statement back because there are households where some black people are in denial about discrimination and try to hide it from their kids and “protect” them from it. But discrimination sticks out like a sore thumb in this country and I don’t need scientific evidence to back that. My older brother experienced it just in kindergarten where he was the only black kid in an all-white school and he tried to play with a white kid when another approached them spoke to the other white kid saying don’t play with him because he doesn’t have white skin, blue eyes, and blonde hair. In America, at that age my brother and other black people are subjected to this and I watched my brother for a while hate white people growing up. Then there is that rumor going around that slavery has ended which I disagree with. In the video we watched in class today they said that African Americans made up most of the jail population and a lot of it is from this “war on drugs” but for some reason it seems to be mostly black people getting arrested for drugs and not whites when they probably have more drug connections than African Americans. When you become a prisoner you are literally a slave of the state and that’s funny that so many blacks are in jail. Some white people call themselves not believing in discrimination when they are in reality just ashamed of their past and every time a black person does something good in America they try to say that makes up for all those long years of slavery but it doesn’t and nothing can we can only move forward but we cannot move forward ignoring our past and acting as it never happened. In America everyone needs to acknowledge our ugly past, discuss it in all school levels and even outside of school, and move on and elevate our thinking past racism. There will always be people stuck in the past but we do not have to let that hold us back too.

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