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Racism is still an Issue in America, but it Doesn't Mean it Hasn't Made Meaningful Improvement

Ryan Beltran

Posted on March 1, 2021 08:46

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There is no doubt racism is still an ongoing problem in America and many still feel America hasn't done enough, even though there has been better effort and change compared to the 1950s. We need to take these recent unfortunate news of racial discrimination seriously, but we cannot lose faith in the good America has offered to its people.

  America’s influence has reached  continents years since its existence and has become a country where thousands of people come from all over the world for a chance at a better opportunity in life.

  Its identity as “melting pot”  of various immigrants and diverse backgrounds is one of the notable legacies of America’s democracy and why the country has become a beacon of hope for people seeking a better life. Regardless, there has also been a never-ending racial and social conflict  that has plagued the nation’s history.

From the enslavement of African-Americans, the countless racist hate crimes against minority groups, to the many examples of racial prejudice that have affected generations of immigrants; these issues have been a difficult problem to decipher overall.

While these issues of racism are legitimate to many and hold a harsh truth, Americans must also try to be more positive about the progress America has made with trying to deal with these racial obstacles. We should not  generalize these negative isolated incidents from the past or present as a representation of the majority of Americans of any race.

  Understandably, a lot of this is due to the recent news of racist incidents from hate crimes to prejudice and the growing lack of faith by some citizens who don’t feel America has ever cared for them. 

  Lets be clear again, there is no doubt that these forms of discrimination against minorities still exist. It’s an unfortunate reality that everyone from diverse viewpoints and backgrounds should all acknowledge and will hopefully learn from these mistakes.

 It's disheartening to realize that there are pockets of people in America that struggle to move on from the old bigotries of the past and could be passing these views to current generations.

   On the other hand, while more people being outspoken about injustices is the best way to try to enact change;  I believe some factors like the impact of media have made it hard to enact  the meaningful discourse to create more understanding and solutions.

  This can just be emotion and anger over the  legitimate injustices that has been seen in the country, but I feel the growth of  social media platforms seems to amplify more of the constant negativity we see and adds more  divisiveness that is already prevalent. There definitely should and can be more respectful ways to discuss  these racial issues without it being more toxic than we already see right now.

  Again these disappointing acts of racism are still occurring, which needs more attention and justice for any change to happen. A lot of this is just going to unfortunately take some time and Americans have to not always think the worst about the potential future of a better America.

  The United States is not perfect and immune from criticism of its wrongdoings, however I believe America has been slowly trying to learn from  the past mistakes of discrimination and racism.

   

 


   

   


  

 

Ryan Beltran

Posted on March 1, 2021 08:46

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