Racism Synthesis Essay

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Racism can be “defined as the hatred of one person by another or the belief that another person is less than human because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and legal codes” (“What”). The face of racism over the past 50 years has changed but yet, some still stay the same. People made laws against racism and it is not as blunt anymore. But opinions and stereotypes will remain which will cause others to still be treated differently. One way the face of racism has changed is that there are now laws against it. Because racism was such a major problem back then, the 14th amendment was created, which …show more content…

Racial Profiling can be defined as “the practice by law enforcement officials of using race, national origin, or ethnicity as the primary or sole consideration when intervening in a law-enforcement capacity” (“Racial”). James McBride, in The Color of Water, states that “any black man who loiters in front of a building for a long time looking it over is bound to draw suspicion from cops and others who probably think he’s looking for an open entrance so he can climb in and steal something.” This is an example of racial profiling because the police are considering that since he is black, he is going to commit crime and steal something. In that time, “black males were closely associated with crime in America (McBride).” This is a contribution to the stereotype of black people always committing crimes. Although stereotypes are based off facts, they do not apply to everybody. According to Heather Mac Donald, “such disparities in criminal victimization mean that the police cannot target their resources at the neighborhoods that most need protection without producing racially disparate stop and arrest rates. Blacks are not just the most frequent victims of crime in New York; they are also its most frequent perpetrators…add Hispanics to black shootings, and you account for 98 percent of all gun violence in New York.” Racism still hasn’t changed in stereotypes. Blacks still commit most crimes and are racially profiled by suspicion. Racism over the past 50