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Never-Ending Race War

Updated on June 12, 2018
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What is Racism?

The world has existed for only God knows how long. Overtime and over many years superiority has played a nasty role in our worlds existence.We hear stories of how tribe fought against tribe, family against family, and race against race.

It seems as if getting along and co-existing with each other is a tough concept for many to grasp and as time goes on, we become more selfish than ever before.

Many would like to think that in our year of 2018, that none of these things would be a problem seeing as if in most cases it is normal to learn from our previous mistakes. One mistake that we continue to make over time is the belief that one race is superior to another.

How did racism begin? Does it really still exist today? Who is affected? Will it ever end? Questions as these roam our minds often, and the only way we can break a cycle such as this is to become aware and open our minds to the idea of change.

Racism Back Then:

There are countless recordings of acts of racism. One of them to be exact is known as The Holocaust. Nazi Germany believed that they were superior to the Jewish race. Nazi Germany and its collaborators killed over 6 million Jews. Think about that for a minute. The Jewish population was somewhat near 9 million, but due to the ignorance of Nazi Germany, the Jews lost over half of their people.

America was never even supposed to be America, but due to the belief that ones race is superior than the other, America (as we know it) was forcibly taken from the Native Americans. The Europeans killed many Native Americans, raped them, infected them with disease, held them as slaves, and etc. To make matters even worse, they named the original owners of the land "Native Americans" as if the country was never even theirs to begin with.

Another case that we know of is the slavery and discrimination of African Americans. In the 1500's, Europeans traded goods for Africans so that they could work them like dogs and labor them without any accommodation whatsoever.

They took over 12 million Africans away from their own land, and brought them to a land unknown because of the thought that the Europeans were superior to Africans.

The travel conditions for the Africans were terrible. Many were crammed together on a boat for up to three months soaked in filthy clothing, and had little to nothing to eat. They were treated less than animals and because of this, over 1.5 million of them died on the way to the land that they did not know, and others died due to murder and brutality, and children were even fed to alligators for show. There are plenty of other disgusting ways their captors degraded, killed, and exploited them throughout the course of time.

Slavery lasted for some odd 400 years but racism against Africans lasted for much longer.Many Africans were killed for no reason, and were segregated even after slavery was abolished. Today in 2018 it is no where near as bad as it was then, but racism is still very much so a problem for us Africans Americans, and many other people of color.

Racism In the Workplace:

Racism takes place even in the work force. Employers would rather call in James instead of Jaquan for an interview. Now diversity in the workplace has grown a lot from what it once used to be. Unfortunately, African Americans still have highest unemployment rate in America as of 2018 according to the Labor Force Statistics Survey conducted by the United Sates Department of Labor (in ratio to Hispanic/Latino, Asians, and Caucasians).

The overall unemployment rate for those who are 16 and over of the African American race in America, as of 2018 is 7.3%. Caucasians have an unemployment rate of 3.9%, those of an Asian ethnicity have an unemployment rate of 3.0%, and the Hispanic/Latino community have an unemployment rate of 5.4%.Which means most of Americas jobs are occupied by those of the Caucasian race. It also means that many hiring managers would rather choose a person who is Caucasian over any other race and I tend to believe that it is because many believe that the Caucasian race is superior to other races.

My Overview

I myself have experienced discrimination and racism and have also found over the years that a lot of other races are discriminated against too. Literally any race can be discriminated against not just one race, but some races have it much harder than others.

Being an African American in the USA is a lot more stressful than I ever could have thought. I have been followed in stores, I have been accused of stealing, followed by the police, etc.

As a black person in America, you constantly have to remind yourself that you cannot do the same things as others around you. When you walk into a store do not dig in your purse for anything because they will think you are stealing. Or when you are driving be sure not to make any mistakes because chances are if we do, we will get pulled over by an officer, and have a high possibility of never making it home to our loved ones.

Recently I read a story of how a woman walked in to a store that sold bath bombs. The woman was a Muslim and decided to ask one of the associates if they had a certain bath bomb, only instead of saying bath bomb she said bath fizz because she thought if she said the word bomb, people would think she was a terrorist.

If you have not experienced racism in your life, or have been apart of making a certain race feel as if they aren't equal to you, just imagine being in their shoes. Imagine not being able to completely be yourself because at every turn someone is there to shoot you down.

The only way we can change this never ending race war is to start to love again. We need to let go of our pride, see our lives in the shoes of others, and learn how to co-exist with each other.


Here is an informative video titled: Racism in the United States: By the Numbers From the volgbrothers on Youtube

© 2018 Shema Eddings

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    • Shema Eddings profile imageAUTHOR

      Shema Eddings 

      4 months ago from Rocklin

      Hello Eric.

      Some of the experiences happened in other places not all in Rocklin . I do not think that the majority of people are racist, they just have loud voices, the ones that are.

    • Shema Eddings profile imageAUTHOR

      Shema Eddings 

      4 months ago from Rocklin

      That is very true. Any nation without God results in chaos.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      4 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Shema

      That would be a great thing. But here is my dilemma, how can that happen when the world is at war over who is the true God. Discussion on that is ok, but when they kill because of the difference that is the dilemma.

      If we can't agree on that, then what chance is there for what you want?

      Just a thought

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Where is Rocklin? What a horrible place to live. I am the white minority here and so are my wife and children. You should move.

    • Shema Eddings profile imageAUTHOR

      Shema Eddings 

      4 months ago from Rocklin

      Hello again Brad!

      I just hope we can all come together one day in unity and just co exist with one another. The world would be a better place if we could put away our pride and differences and realize that discrimination of any kind is all ignorance. But we as humans continue to create the same mistakes .

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      4 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      Shema

      My point is the Barack as a black person reached the top, that is progress. And racism was kept alive during his reign.

      PC also keeps racism alive, as do people that call everyone else racist.

      Racism with just words is free speech, while racist deeds are racist.

    • Shema Eddings profile imageAUTHOR

      Shema Eddings 

      4 months ago from Rocklin

      Hello Brad Master.

      I really have no idea what our former President did to help black people or people of color, but it is not his responsibility to force ignorance out of those who take part in racism. It is our job as humans to treat each and every person with respect regardless of their race, gender, and etc. Racism is still a problem and I seriously challenge all who do not think so or have not experienced it to try being black for a week and see for yourself.

    • Shema Eddings profile imageAUTHOR

      Shema Eddings 

      4 months ago from Rocklin

      Hi Eric!

      I think that racism is not as bad as it once was. I definitely do think that colored people in America are treated differently. Sadly I learned this at a young age. I deliver food sometimes, and had to pick up my customers order recently. I go to this food place and get out of my car. A man gets out of his car not seeing me yet, and begins to walk inside of the food place. There are plenty of people walking in and out of the restaurant and he seems to notice them all. As am walking, the man looks at me and immediately checks to see if his car door is locked just because he saw me. My sister and I went into a shop at the mall one day, her and I were just browsing but almost EVERY employee decides to be around us. There were multiple people in the store shopping, yet most of the employees follow my sister and I. We knew what was going on because it happens on a regular but my sister went to try on clothes. She heard the manager talking to one of the other employees telling the other employee to watch the black girl in that fitting room. Make sure she did not steal anything. My sister and I were none to happy, and ended up confronting the manager. One of my other sisters at age 10 was in a Jc Penny's. She walked in the store with a jacket that our mother bought her from a Walmart. The store had no jacket of that sort, yet still searched my 10 year old sisters jacket to make sure it wasn't stolen. I could go on for days but try being black for a week and watch how differently you will get treated.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      Brad Masters 

      4 months ago from Orange County California BSIT BSL JD

      The country is divided by the same people that keep it alive. This was SOP during the 8 years of Obama. You would think that the black community would have to look introspectively to see why they are having so many issues. If Barack could do it, why can't they?

      BTW, do you think that Barack Obama did much to help the black community?

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just do not get this. I asked my boy what race "jaylen" was and he did not even have a clue. We just got to understanding he is mixed race. Wow he was all down with that. I am adopted and probably mixed. Do people still give a tiny squat what race people are?

      I mean are there still victims? If so we will sign up, might be fun to be a victim.

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