As a teenager growing up in the 1990's, I have realized the overwhelming importance of racial equality and cooperation in our society. I strongly believe that the key to the success of America's future is the breaking down of all racial barriers and working together as one, united nation to try to bring this country back to the land of true "equal" opportunity.
These past few years have been trying times for open-mindedness for Americans. Witnessing the vicious beating of Rodney King, the riots that followed the King verdict where Reginald Denny was brutally and senselessly beaten, had the whole country on edge. The single biggest court case in this country's history - that of O.J. Simpson - was blanketed with racial overtones. The verdict had the country almost divided over the decision. Now Louis Farrakhan is preaching controversial ideas and beliefs to millions of black men across the nation, creating tension among the races.
These incidents only impose more obstacles in American society's racial relations. But the best way to mend these wounds is to create an environment were all races and creeds can work and interact together every day, to better understand and relate to other cultures and their customs, and beliefs on a person-to-person basis.
I recently was asked the question: when was the last time you discussed racism with someone of another race? One of my best friends is an African-American Metco student from Dorchester, and another is of Mexican-American decent. We have been friends for so long that we openly discuss racial problems all the time. But I wondered if this question was asked of the entire country how many people could comfortably and openly discuss their views on racism with a person of different race? I'm sure there are a lot of people who don't have the same opportunity that I do.
Creating a multicultural environment, especially at the college level, where you are exposed to so many unique ideas and people, is an excellent start to try to introduce people to others in a time when you are alone for the first time, in a foreign environment, and everyone is looking to make friends.
If more people stop being ignorant and start using experience and the past as a teacher, they will see that all the fighting and intolerance doesn't get anyone anywhere. We will see that in adverse times when people pull together, positive things are almost always the result. So I am anxiously hoping to be a positive influence in achieving a multiculturally aware student body, and maybe if more campuses make this issue a top priority the country will benefit as a whole. -
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.
A List Of Essay Topics On Racism: 10 Great Ideas To Explore
Racism has always been and is still a topic that raises heated debates and discussions. The issue of racism in society is often discussed with respect to a wide range of issues such as sports, workplace, politics, school and so forth. This makes it a great source of essay topics for students to explore because it presents students with so many options or issues to write about. Here is a list of essay topics on racism to consider.
You can come up with a great essay under this topic. You may choose to offer you opinions on the possible ways that can be used to end racism in various spheres of the society. You can also decide to present factual information on other approaches that have been successfully used to overcome racism.
Racism in our society
This topic offers a lot to write about. You can write about how racism is manifested in various spheres in society. You can document issues such as racism in employment, sports, education, politics, neighbourhoods and government.
Racism in the past and racism today
This is another interesting topic on racism. It offers can offer some interesting insights into how racism was perceived and manifested in various social spheres during the 19th century and how it is different today. You can explore how racism is changing its face.
Racism and Slavery
Under this topic, you can discuss a lot. You may choose to discuss how racism against a particular race is a by-product of slavery. You can also explore why certain races were more common as slaves than other races.
Racism and sports
This is an interesting topic for discussion. You can discuss issues such as why racism is more prevalent in certain sports than others. You may also discuss issues such as whether its sports fans or sportsmen who are more likely to be racist.
Causes of racism
Alternatively, you may seek to explore the factors that have contributed to increased racism and discrimination even in countries that are perceived to be highly multicultural.
Effects of racism
Under this topic, you can explore several approaches. You can seek to investigate the effects of racism on the victims’ self esteem, social status, economic or financial status, and health status.
Racism in the media
The media is a powerful tool for shaping society’s attitudes and perceptions toward certain issues affecting the society. Surprisingly, the media and especially the film industry is a major culprit of promoting racist ideas. This topic presents a lot of intriguing ideas or issues to write about.
Racism and healthcare outcomes and delivery
It is a known fact that all races of people in a particular country do not have equal access to healthcare. It is also a known fact that certain races of people are more prone to certain diseases or medical conditions than others. These issues can be discussed at great lengths in your essay.
Racism in literature
You may decide to write about how racism is portrayed or manifested in a certain novel or book. You can discuss the role of racism in developing the plot of a certain story in a book.