The menace of racism has been with us for a long time. The latest such report of widespread racism was in the apartheid South Africa which apparently came to an end some three decades ago. However, it is a sorry revelation of the same vice among societies in the developed world.
Racism is rampant in the developed world in areas such as the best democracy in the world which is the U.S.. Police brutality and discrimination, judicial discrimination and education inequality among races particularly the black versus whites is common. The whites have already created and placed a glass ceiling on top of the blacks and other colored groups. They are only ready to allow them to reach some height but not beyond. Their education is only up to a given level. They are not to advance as much politically, it is not an easy fete to find a Supreme Court judge who is not white and the police tag of suspects and criminals is on the blacks.
Here, whites are rather more privileged than the blacks. It is the whites who are involved in both national and international forums on education as well as cultural political matters (Watson, Howard-Wagner & Spanierman, 2014). In these countries especially in the U.S, Whites’ privileges have been fiercely fought for to ensure they remain unscathed. The whites seek to maintain the status quo at any cost. There is more than meets the eye in the U.S. and among other countries that have significant numbers in white population. There are serious discrimination issues that are raising concerns in education. There are however concerns that white privileges are not easily identifiable without keen research (Applebaum, 2011). It is clear that White power still remains a critical concern in such important fields as politics and socio-economic fronts. In education, there is lack of understanding through empowerment via knowledge on social justice
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and democracy which are drivers of social change. Without the right education, there is a possibility of having a very imbalanced society (Carr, 2014)
In America indigenous Red Indians had already established themselves before the coming of the White Europeans. With the Trans-Atlantic trade, taking root by the early 20th century, Africans came in as slaves on the vast plantations. According to the view of the Whites, the coming of the Africans was supposed to empower White supremacy. This is the same idea that was adopted by the Christian missionaries of the day then (Carr,2015).
The U.S has had political systems that favored the whites all through. The famous Martin Luther King Jr’s dream of ever having one society and where blacks would ascend to power, came through Barrack Obama. The overwhelming victory he posted over his White competitors showed some hope. However from the list of detainees in the Guantanamo Bay, it is evident that a lot of injustice on non-Whites is still so prevalent. Going through the police records of arrests in terms of those involved in petty crimes, the Black Americans reign supreme. This notwithstanding, segregation in schools is rampant. Socially, Chicago remains largely the home of Black Americans and other minority races.
In conclusion, I believe there are seriously rooted serious social inequalities as well as systematic racism which rather have gone systemic in the U.S. We can never attempt to turn a blind eye to this at all costs. There is need to adopt ways that foster equality to all in all fronts. I strongly believe that the basis of any policy to improve this situation lies on the educational, socio-political and economic injustices meted on other races besides the Whites in the U.S.
RACISM AND WHITE PRIVILEGE IN THE U.S. CASE STUDY
Applebaum, B. (2011). Being white, being good: White complicity, white moral responsibility, and social justice pedagogy. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Carr, P. R. & Becker, D. (2013). The language of hegemonic democracy, and the prospects for an education for democracy, The Social Educator, 31(1), 22-34.Watson, V., Howard-Wagner, V. & Spanierman, L. (Eds.). (2014). Unveiling whiteness in the twenty-first century: Global manifestations, transdisciplinary interventions. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
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