WP4 Final - Marcela Bator Prof Hyun ENG 102 26 April 2016 Institutional Racism in Post-Racial America Many Americans operate under the belief that

WP4 Final - Marcela Bator Prof Hyun ENG 102 26 April 2016...

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Marcela BatorProf. HyunENG 10226 April 2016Institutional Racism in Post-Racial AmericaMany Americans operate under the belief that racism in America is a thing of the past. The fact of the matter is racism did not leave with slavery or Jim Crow, racism is a real problem in this country, and every day African Americans are mistreated based on their skin color. Police brutality and disproportionate incarceration are key examples of this problem which has been caused by the institutional racism and white privilege found in the core of the United States of America. This paper will discuss the effects of media representation and stereotyping of African Americans, Police Brutality, and racial violence as well as disproportionate incarceration rates and felony disenfranchisement. Evidence from scholarly peer reviewed articles will be used to support the claim that African American rights are being violated each day in America, and this violation will continue to go on unless we all stand together to change this country for the better.America has been controlled by white people since the founding of this country. This country is built on the backs of oppressed people of color and stands tall by keeping these peopleoppressed. First, the founders of this country took advantage of the indigenous people of this land, killing their men, raping their women, and forcing the remaining tribes onto infertile plots of land we now know as Indian Reservations. They used their advancements in technology to steal this land of the free from its rightful owners, and have kept those indigenous peoples op-pressed to the present day. Our founding fathers then moved their sights to a different set of na-tive peoples: those of Africa. They stole people from their tribes and forced them onto ships
Bator 2headed to the great America. The conditions on these journeys were so inhumane that most cap-tives died before ever reaching America, and the remaining survivors were forced to work on plantations as servants in white households. Slaves. They were sold as animals, renamed to strip them of their humanity, and counted as less than a person in census records. After the abolish-ment of slavery, African Americans continued to be oppressed. Jim Crow Laws enforced racial segregation until 1965, at which point racism was so embedded into American minds that the lawno longer mattered. There has been a state of inequality in this country since the beginning, and this inequality will continue to exist as long as Americans normalize it. White Americans should not be held accountable for the actions of their ancestors; however, they should be held account-able for their own actions. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, The ultimate tragedy is not the op-pression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people(Ohara 1).

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