The Power of MelaninSubmitted toElise MeyerBy Rebecca ShaloumABSTRACT
This research paper will cover the unfortunate effect that melanin has not just on the individuals themselves but on the community that surrounds them as well. As the paper goes on the reader will attain a better understanding of the issue at hand and will try to brainstorm ways to put a stop to it. Fortunately for them this research paper will give input as well and hopefully a change can come when both perspectives collide. This has been a consistent problem in the past and despite the numerous efforts to diminish it, the problem continues to affect the individual’s personal and social life. Their daily lives are impacted solely due to the fact that they are people of color and receive different treatment from others, which has the power to affect their self confidence in the future in both their workplace and even in their own communities. Due to them being people of color, the job opportunities and roles in the community that are presented to them are entirely different than those offered to others. Having this cycle continue has the power the effect the children, who are our future, negatively. PURPOSE STATEMENTTHESIS:Racism does not just stop when it comes to the aspect of color, it is much more than that. It is so powerful that it touches on attributes such as the lack of self confidence, lack of self worth, depression, and social anxiety of the victimized individual, as well as social issues such as injustice, constantly seeking acceptance from others, stereotypes, and carrying on the responsibility of their culture. To take a stand and go against the cycle that has been set out for us, baby steps can be done. Baby steps such as being more educated about the issue at hand, understanding the negative effects of it in the present and in the long run, andstriving for change.
AUDIENCE ANALYSISThe audiences that I would like to attract are the people who do know that they are racistand continue to act on it, people who don’t know that they are racist, and people who witness racism and do not take a stand, letting others remain victimized. The people whodo know that they are racist have some sort of idea of how the words that they say affects others but do not care and have a blind eye towards the matter. When one is racist towards others, they make themselves feel superior to the victim and make these victimized individuals lose their sense of self worth. A lot of the time it has to do with what they have been taught at home and therefore they feel the need to act upon their racism outside of their household, solely due to the fact that they know no better. However, there are also people who are racist but do not know it, they do it unintentionally. This could be due to the lack of knowledge and education that they may have not received. This also goes hand in hand with their morals and what has been taught and carried throughout their household. If they are basing their views only based