“Racism’s still alive, they just be concealin’ it” by Matthew Ocbina (B.I.N.S.)

30 Mar

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            Gone are the days where equality is not in everyone’s vocabulary.  Gone are the days when a black woman refused to give up her seat and make room for a white passenger.  Martin Luther King JR. and Malcolm X died for their beliefs and the Civil rights movement is an event that will be forever immortalized in our history books.  The concept of black power and the Black Panther Party have now been dissolved.  The Ku Klux Klan and their white power ideologies or whatever’s left in that organization has now been hidden in their “cloaks”.  But the question still remains- Is racism still alive?.

            In today’s world, people still develop a sense of prejudice attitude towards his brothers.  We know the fact that we are all born different and have contrasting and colourful personalities.  These contrasting attributes would eventually lead to certain attitudes towards different races.  It could develop into discrimination and hatred towards another race.  Discrimination is present throughout history.  From the early persecution of Christians to the genocide of the Jews.  The conceptualization of certain ideologies and the formation of various criminal gangs are just a few examples of racism in the world.     

            I wrote this particular article because of my concern about this particular social problem.  Just last month we heard about the shooting of an unarmed black youth by a neighbourhood watch in Florida.  Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old black youth with no criminal record wearing a hoodie was walking home after going to a local convenience store to buy some snacks.  He was followed by George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer of mixed descent.  He told police officers that his motive for following Trayvon is the idea of him being a suspicious individual.  This incident would later lead to an altercation between the two and eventually be a tragic night for Trayvon Martin.  This incident would spark national controversy and the idea of racial profiling would be brought up again.  In the end, George Zimmerman would not be charged for any crimes because he asserted the right of self-defence and the police report said that there is not enough evidence for him to be acquitted.  To this day it has been debated whether George Zimmerman’s motives is justifiable. 

            I think that we are all guilty of certain prejudice attitudes towards other races.  The important thing is that this negative notion can still be changed.   We could see to it that we delve into their society and look at their condition so we can deter our biases towards one’s particular culture.   

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