Defining Racism

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The American way
Indeed, racism has been a nuisance to American society since the formation of the nation With the exception of a few reforming nations, very few countries experience the discrepancies of a multiracial society. As a result, race in America is still an obstacle and the true definition of racism becomes increasingly difficult to fathom. In most situations, the majority view racism as negative and demeaning in societies. Today, society struggles to differentiate between discrimination and prejudice, which ultimately hinders the exact meaning of racism. In reality, social inequality still exists throughout the world and more prominently in the United
States. Both systematic and individualized segregation and discrimination are aspects that suffocate our nation. These two aspects prevent our nation from moving forward as a powerful, and a prestigious nation. Americans need to grasp the definition of racism and its origin fully.
Essentially, racism discrimination in America sanctions privileges and rights for White
Americans not given to immigrants and non-Protestants since the 17th century to the 1960s
(Blau, 2002). Additionally, the dark-skinned Africans slaves are considered different from the white land owners in America. Americans regarded them as the inferior group based on their different skin color and lack of education among other significant needs. In the 20th century, formal racism was abolished and since, racism became socially and morally unacceptable. With

the depletion of overt racism, it is still difficult to identify and eliminate racism owing to some racists who remain hidden. Before to the Civil Rights Movement, discrimination laws provided clear indicators to define racism and identify racists. Today, discrimination laws prevent open expressions of…...

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