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Is racism decreasing, increasing, or staying at the maintained status quo?
"Everywhere we see clear racial fault lines which divide American society as much now as at any time in our past," says [former] NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] Chairman Julian Bond.
Has freeing slaves, granting equal rights to education and voting decreased racism?
This quote from "socialissues" discusses the two stances often taken on in the debate of current levels of racism. The below quote discusses statistically proven decreased levels of racism and increased tolerance. Not my quote, just posting the quote that got me thinking as it discussed both sides
The twentieth century saw remarkable changes in race relations. Jim Crow laws and fears of "miscegenation" were standard in 1900. By the late 1960s, the Supreme Court decisions in Brown v. Board of Education and Loving v. Virginia (1967) had abolished school segregation and laws banning interracial marriage, and the Civil Rights movement had gathered momentum. In the twenty-first century, racism continues to wane.
Some claim systematic racism still exists, decrying such practices as "racial profiling" by law enforcement and alleging "environmental racism" by businesses and government. Upon examination, most of these claims are exaggerated. John Derbyshire argues that "overwrought sensitivities"
are encouraged by "unscrupulous mountebanks" trying to use race for political gain. He negates theories of racial profiling as racist, illustrating it is a realistic reaction to data, such as Department of Justice statistics showing that, in 1997, 60 percent of robbery victims reported black assailants. Blacks were also eight times as likely to commit homicide as non-blacks (including Hispanics). He argues, "…equality before the law does not…guarantee equal outcomes for any law-enforcement process, only that a citizen who has come under reasonable suspicion will be treated fairly." The Supreme Court agreed that if "...race is only one factor in a generalized approach to the questioning of suspects, it may be considered." Jim F. Couch and others state careful study of accusations that minority residential areas are more likely to have hazardous-waste dumpsites and toxic pollution from industrial plants are fallacious, explaining that "…in the first comprehensive study of toxic-waste facilities to use census-tract data, D.L. Anderton and colleagues did not find any nationally consistent correlation between minorities and pollution."
Another study found "…economic factors rather than race itself account for apparent environmental racism." Little data supports allegations of systemic racism, and much evidence shows the contrary.
Despite isolated incidents of true racism and bigotry, Murdock believes that America has made "tremendous progress…from churches to the ballot box to the bedroom" and that "Americans of various ethnicities are proving that---to paraphrase Rodney King---we all can just get along." He states racism has been "decreasing" for years and that America teaches tolerance. This view is supported by much empirical evidence. Murdock notes the achievements of black politicians elected by majorities of white voters, something he asserts would not happen in a land of "white bigots"; a steady decrease in anti-Semitism, illustrated by decreasing anti-Semitic crimes and acceptance of Jews in show business and intermarriages between Jews and gentiles; and growing rates of intermarriage in general.
Orlando Patterson agrees with Murdock, stating that racism "will soon disappear in America," due to the ongoing hybridization of culture caused by immigration and migration patterns, sociological developments, intermarriage, and biotechnology. "By the middle of the twenty-first century," he states, "the social virus of race will have gone the way of smallpox."
Though racism has not been completely erased from American consciousness, the past 100 years prove how much society can progress. Within the next century, racism in America faces extinction. Resources
Couch, Jim F., Peter M. Williams, Jon Halvorson, and Keith Malone. "The Problem of Environmental Racism Has Been Exaggerated." Is Racism a Serious Problem?. Ed. Jeff Plunkett. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2005.
Derbyshire, John. "Racial Profiling Is Not Racist." Is Racism a Serious Problem?. Ed. Jeff Plunkett. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2005.
Murdock, Deroy. "Racism Is Decreasing." Racism. Ed. Mary E. Williams. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2004.
Patterson, Orlando. "Racism Will Soon Disappear in America." Racism. Ed. Mary E. Williams. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2004.
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