Never-Ending Race War
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.
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