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Racism. By Roman Namdar and Julia Kurek. What is Racism?. When the basis of discrimination is someone’s perception of race, it is known as racism . Discrimination is an action -unfair treatment directed against someone.

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By Roman Namdar and Julia Kurek

What is racism
What is Racism?

  • When the basis of discrimination is someone’s perception of race, it is known as racism.

  • Discrimination is an action-unfair treatment directed against someone.

  • Discrimination is often the result of an attitude called prejudice-a pre-judging of some sort, usually in a negative way.

Characteristics of racism
Characteristics of Racism

  • Hatred of one person by another

  • Belief that another person is less than human because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth, etc.

Examples in american history
Examples in American History

African Americans

  • In early history, African Americans were used as slaves because they were thought to be of a lesser status.

  • After slavery was abolished, the southern states passed legislation to segregate blacks and whites.

  • In the early 1900’s, African Americans faced very harsh discrimination because of their race. Groups like the KKK were apparent during this time.

  • The need for a civil rights movement was essential in order to lessen the racism within the society.

Examples in american history1
Examples in American History

Asian Americans

  • From their first arrival in the United States, Asian Americans confronted discrimination.

  • When immigrants from Japan arrived, they encountered spillover bigotry, a stereotype that lumped Asians together, depicting them as sneaky, lazy, and untrustworthy.

  • After Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, conditions grew worse for the 110,000 Japanese Americans that called the United States their home.

Examples in american history2
Examples in American History

Native Americans

  • Acts of cruelty perpetrated by the Europeans against Native Americans, during the early settlements, appeared endless.

  • In the winter of 1838-1839, the U.S. army rounded up 15,000 Cherokees and forced them to walk a thousand miles from the Carolinas and Georgia to Oklahoma. This incident was known as the Trail of Tears.

  • Years later, the U.S. government had begun a policy called Indian Removal, forcefully confining Native Americans to reservations.

Racism today
Racism Today

  • Racism has not gone away completely and it most likely never will.

  • Today, racism is more subtle than it use to be, but it still walks among us.

What can we do
What Can We Do?

  • Racism can and should be limited if it cannot be completely erased.

  • As a society, we should keep an open mind.

  • Try to avoid stereotypes and negativity towards different cultures, people, and races.

  • Branch out and make an effort to experience new ideas and cultures.


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