Racism In The US

Racism has long been an unwelcome feature of society. This social difference has resulted in what is known as “othering.” Some reasons for “othering” are: someone dislikes people who are different from them, someone was raised in a racist environment, and someone falls victim to social stereotypes.”Segregation in the South and discrimination in the North did create a sheltered market for some black businesses (funeral homes, beauty parlors, and the like) that served a black community barred from patronizing “white” establishments. But the number was minuscule.”(Abigail Thernstrom and Stephan Thernstrom, 1998). Colored and white people have always been separated, which has made racism a major issue. The death of George Floyd under Derek Chauvin’s knee sparked the largest outcry against racial injustice in the United States in generations. It compelled people to fight for their rights and justice. “Bridging” has been assigned a significant role in this topic because we are on opposing sides. The one side wants a change and to be able to have freedom, while the other side does not want any change and wishes to remain the same.Some efforts are being made to “bridge” the gap, such as the current “Black Lives Matter” movement. Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a decentralized political and social movement that seeks to raise awareness of racism, discrimination, and inequality faced by black people. When its supporters band together, it is primarily to protest police brutality and racially motivated violence against black people.

 

Thernstrom, A. T. A. S. (2020, June 26). Black Progress: How far we’ve come, and how far we have to go. Brookings. https://www.brookings.edu/articles/black-progress-how-far-weve-come-and-how-far-we-have-to-go/