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Tyler Gilbert Elizabeth Dzialo Sociology 101 December 11 th , 2014 Social Inequality After President Obama’s election, people determined that the United States entered a “post-racial” era. This era was a horrendous effect of two centuries of racism finally becoming over. Some people though saw something else happening after Obama’s election and it showed that whites, especially white men, believe they are now the group that is most subject to sexism and racism. The United States of America has had many changes happen in the past fifty years. From the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Had a Dream” speech at our nation’s capital, to our first African-American president in history, people in our society believe that the United States has become a “post-racial” society. I think the opposite because no matter what there will be racism anywhere and everywhere we go and that the racism and sexism has not increased and that the white men are feeling devalued these days. We may believe that we live in a “post-racial” society but, the truth is, racism is not going to go away unless we the people put our foot down and do something about it. Racism is a topic that is hard to talk about, especially in a public setting. In Joe R. Feagin book Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations, he gives us the reader a much better understanding on why conversations on racism is so difficult (Feagin 2000, 350). Feagin also explains that there was a majority of whites that do not see racial discrimination as a problem in the United States. Most of the Whites would frequently proclaim that they are not racist and then say something racist or offensive such as “my family never owned slaves” or “my family did not segregate lunch counters” (Feagin 2000, 351). Caucasians say they are not racist because they
view being racist as something other whites do. “Most whites are involved in some way creating, reinforcing, or maintaining the racist reality of U.S society” (Feagin 2000, 357). Depending on the situation and the chance to discriminate, a very large number of whites will seize this chance to discriminate African-Americans. There is an anti-racist group that is active that is dispersed throughout the nation. This active group speaks out against racism to the point of injury, friendships, and jobs (Feagin 2000, 358). There are three other groups that whites seem to fall

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