On August 28 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. stood before a massive crowd of civil rights marchers in Washington D.C. In his now iconic speech he spoke of his dreams for the future. He declared his dreams of unity in which little black boys and girls would hold hands with little white boys and girls. Although today it is common to see such displays of acceptance, racism is still a prominent issue. To what extent has Martin Luther king Jr.’s dream come true?
Racism is a psychological disadvantage to which no human is immune. Racism can occur with any ethnic group and anywhere in the world. In America, most people like to imagine that racism is no longer an issue, though we see it in our day to day lives. Though everyone categorizes people based on a number of traits, it is not considered racist unless it is harmful to another human being. Kwame Apphia, a British and Ghanian scholar of African American issues, calls this racialism.
The causes of racism have been debated over many years. Some psychologists believe that racism is due to legal vulnerability and discrimination while others believe economic and educational disadvantages are the cause. Even though the cause may never be known, one thing is clear, no ethnic groups are exempt from discrimination. In “To Kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee writes about the unjust, racist conviction of Tom Robinson, a black man. Luis J. Rodriguez writes about an extremely violent attack that occurred when he and his older brother crossed the South Gate, an all-white part of town. These works of literature, along with many others, illustrate the horrors of racism and prejudice against all races.
In America, racism is a taboo subject. No one likes to talk about our previous racism, but they also don’t like talking about the racist reality. In February of 2013 a black actor by the name of Forest Whitaker was accused of shoplifting from a deli in New York. He was frisked, not because there was any evidence that he had in...