For long, the American democracy hallmarks have been majorly preserved for white folks at the expense of oppressing other minorities living in the United States, more specifically, the African American communities. What is currently experienced as entrenched racial and ethnic inequality is the direct outcome of structural racism. In other words, the contemporary policies and practices dating back from time immemorial created and have always maintained white supremacy. Slavery was abolished in the United States more 150 years ago; however, the vast majority of people living in America would agree that the legacy of slavery always persisted, impacting negatively on the position of African Americans in the United States society today. Bailey et al. (2017) argued that 40% of the people feel that the country has made little effort on matters concerning racial inequality, more profoundly among African American communities, questioning if they will ever have equal rights with their white counterparts.
At the Urban, Institutes has increasingly practiced structural racism by disproportionately segregating people of color from accessing opportunities and upward mobility. It has been made somewhat like an uphill climb for the African Americans to access good education, employment, social justice fairness, healthcare, housing, among others (Pager & Shepherd, 2008). Numerous pieces of research have always provided a framework on how to counter and address race and racism roles in both the public and private institutions. As it stands, many people feel that the issue of discrimination based on race is moving from bad to worse, while only 42% of the Americans think the issue of racism is improving. Since President Trump came into power, many American citizens (56%) hold that race relations have deteriorated as he often ignores issues related to discrimination (Bailey et al. 2017). Moreover, the same research also holds that people are more accustomed to expressing racist chants since Donald Trump became the US president.
To many African Americans, racial progress is somewhat gloomy as the legacy of slavery to torment their social position in America today, with a massive 59% feeling that racial discrimination affects them significantly. However, a whopping 78% of African Americans think the country way too far than before in attempts to giving them equal rights with white communities. The balance strike at 50% as entirely half thinks it is highly unlikely that the US will ever come with racial discrimination.
In conclusion, the United States citizens are unanimously fighting systemic racial discrimination through racial justices’ demonstrations. The New York Times states that even the whites feel that all lives matter, and perhaps its time to raise a generation that disregards racial discrimination. Of course, it is a tough act to call, as it is difficult to understand the depth and the sincerity of the stakeholders involved. Anti-racism activists hold that their concerns are bound to systems governing ways of American lives, not to mention slurs or symbols. Some white folks have been deemed as insincere on the basis that they grasp very little on the experiences of being an African American in the United States.
“White Americans Say They Are Waking Up To Racism. What Will It Add Up To?”. Nytimes.Com, 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/us/racism-white-americans.html.
Bailey, Z. D., Krieger, N., Agénor, M., Graves, J., Linos, N., & Bassett, M. T. (2017). Structural racism and health inequities in the USA: evidence and interventions. The Lancet, 389(10077), 1453-1463.
Pager, D., & Shepherd, H. (2008). The sociology of discrimination: Racial discrimination in employment, housing, credit, and consumer markets. Annu. Rev. Sociol, 34, 181-209.