Barriers To Racial Equality
Racial equality is a widely sought after ideal that constantly goes up against long-standing beliefs of racial prejudice and solid legal, political, and accepted policies marginally based on discrimination. There are many different obstacles that prevent and hinder true racial equality. The most notable ones are unconscious biases, White privilege, hate and violence, and some Black people's feeling of entitlement. Over the course of history in the United States, some laws have changed in favor of equal treatment but that old mentality still exists. Will it ever be truly equal? All we can do is continue to demand it and hope that one day it will be achieved.
Some roadblocks that fall dead center on the highway to true racial equality are implicit or unconscious biases. Unconscious bias1 is the unreasoned preference towards a particular viewpoint, person, or group when it interferes with the ability to be unprejudiced. It also includes positions about other people that are influenced by past experiences leading to conclusions about other ethnicities, as a whole, without reasoning or using logic. An example of unconscious bias is when a hiring manager chooses to extend the opportunity of an interview to an applicant who has a stereotypically non-ethnic name over an applicant who has an stereotypically ethnic name. This judgment is made solely on the basis of their names because all other qualifications were equal. Studies have shown that this happens more often than people would like to admit. These biases make it harder to achieve complete racial equality.
White privilege is a very tricky topic to begin in the United States. It's one of those uncomfortable discussions that usually leads to talking about racism and slavery. Then, those who are being oppressed get confrontational because of a lingering feeling of anger and those who feel they belong to the group who have been the oppressors get defensive because of an underlining feeling of guilt. A lot of the fuss usually comes from a misunderstanding of what exactly White privilege is. Most things that come up that involve different races, especially White and Black Americans, are automatically seen as racist. Not to say that racism does not exist because it is alive and kicking. But, when most people hear racism, they tune out. White privilege is basically an advantage in life that White people have just by being born white. It just so happens that most systems that exist and most people in power happen to be White. Therefore, the system is set up for the success of people who look like them; White people. White privilege is something that goes unnoticed unless you never had it or happen to lose it because of association with a minority. It doesn't necessarily make a White person a racist. It is just a simple fact. Do minorities want the "privilege"? Of course, but that is not the case. It does put minorities at a disadvantage from birth at no fault of their own. Due to this privilege, it is harder to find social, economic, or political racial equality.
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The Black American Feeling of Entitlement...
The Black feeling of entitlement has been crippling the Black community. This is another taboo topic because Black people have had and continue to have horrible, unprovoked things happen to them. A lot of people want reparations for some of these atrocities and I can't say that I blame them. Some of these people are just trying to ride on their ancestors backs. It cripples the Black community because it creates that I am going to sit back and wait because I am owed something attitude that leads to a lot of nothing. Every Black man or woman that does nothing reflects on their race and the younger generation adopts that same attitude. It is seen as laziness or being uncooperative. This helps to feed into those preconceived ideas and helps makes racial equality fight a steeper hill to climb. Black people need to go out and earn everything that they get because there is little sympathy or assistance for someone who doesn't even try.
The Hate Group the KKK...
Hate and Violence...
There is hate and violence all around. One of the times in society when it is highlighted and magnified is when it takes place between people of different races. More times than not, these acts are perpetrated because of racial animosity or racism. There are groups out there who promote hate towards other races. Every time one of these hate groups have a rally or commits a crime against another race, they make it more difficult for the two races to come together in peace. One of the problems is that a group of people of the same race is most likely seen as a hate group no matter what their agenda actually is. There are people of all races that promote violence towards others and when these stragglers become associated with a group of the same race, people use their identity as the identity of the whole group. There is nothing wrong with peacefully defending your rights and promoting good vibes in your community. But, hate groups and violence aimed at any particular race help prolong the struggle for racial equality.
Can We Do This...?
Racial equality has to be the focused goal of many people of many different races in order for it to be achieved. Widely accepted views of racial prejudice, stereotypes, and accepted political policies based on discrimination are big hurdles that have to be leaped along the way. The United States has updated some laws that are supposed to provide equal treatment in theory; however, until society changes, there is still a very long way to go. Unconscious biases, White privilege, hate and violence, and some Black people's feeling of entitlement are the biggest barriers that prevent people from being seen and treated as equal. The battle must continue because this is definitely a goal that is worth the fight.
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