Racism

Racism The Aryan Nations. The American Nazi Party. What are these groups? Why are they present in a land of supposed equality of all men? They are there because there are millions of Americans that believe in their message of white pride. The African American population is growing and Americans are now a mixed group of people. Black people are white people’s neighbours, doctors, friends. With a growing unity between the two races, why does racism continue? The answer is simple.

Racists from many years ago raise their kids in clans and white supremacy groups and teach them the ways of hatred. These kids grow up “brain-washed” that black people are their enemies and, taught by example, will continue this trend (The Volume Library; 1988). The Ku Klux Klan has been around since the end of the civil war. It is a roller coaster of a history. From extreme power, to rapid decline, and slow reemergence (Software Toolworks Encyclopedia; 1992).

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The clan, who is notorious for its violence, has a relatively innocent beginning. It was formed from some veterans from the confederate army and was first called the Kuklos Clan which, in Greek, meant Circle Clan. One person thought it would be a good idea to call it the “Ku Klux Klan” as a parody of the fraternity names which always had three Greek alphabet letters in it. They created the Clan to be mischievous and to do it without anyone knowing who they were which accounts for their costumes and masks. They, like most whites, were upset that the black people were free because black people were a constant reminder of the bitter defeat of the South.

So to have fun they terrorized black people. Eventually the group grew, fluctuating, but grew to become the first white supremacy group in America and with that growth, their hatred grew as well into what was seen in the early and middle 1900’s and what is seen today. Along with the KKK, other anti-black, pro-white groups formed and stemmed out all over the U.S.A. The Neo Nazis who are more commonly know by the term “Skin Heads”, are a growing force in hate groups. There hatred of Hispanics, Jews, Blacks, and others are now the fastest growing force in America.

The Skin Head movement is usually done by the younger kids. These kids are drawn to the Aryan Nations and Neo Nazis by the promise of free drugs, free booze, heavy metal music, ultimate freedom and rebellion. A lot of these kids stay because of family troubles at home and, like in a gang, feel like they have a family with the group and feel loved. “The skinheads are a family.. A lot of us don’t have what you’d call a home” commented Joshua, who is a 16 year old recruiter in California (United They Hate; Michael Kronenwetter). The race war was in full force by the 1960’s. With the growth of white supremacy and their groups, black too had a weapon. Martin Luther King Jr.

lead his people to march in Washington to end segregation and to form black unity for an equal and better America. Malcolm X, who was a Muslim, may have come from a different religion than his Christian counterpart, but had a very similar message and a similar fate. Both were assassinated. Today the hate groups of America have spread into Canada and are particularly common in Manitoba. The major sects are of the same name as their American cousins with a very similar message. Racism, despite much opposition, will never end. As long as there is fighting among a Jew and a Palestinian or hatred between a white and a black, Racism will be there. Only a utopian society can achieve such a dream. It is in human nature to have a few people that do not understand or possibly hate those who are different but, in fact, we are not different, we are judgmental and we are discriminatory, we segregate.

We are unique individuals but among races we are equal and the same.

Racism

If there’s one good thing that came out of the 9/11 tragedy, it is the fact that 9/11 was the day that brought America together. On that fateful day, Americans, of all shapes and sizes — regardless of their own differences in race, age, sex, or class – were all united as one. The whole world watched as the twin towers of New York City fell to the ground, taking thousands of lives in its rubble. But amidst the dust and the smoke, a new spirit was born. Flags were flown half-mast all over the country; commercials featuring individuals with different ethnic backgrounds professing that we are all Americans; anti-terrorism messages were proliferated in the media; and a lot of campaigns about spreading unity and love. 9/11 is, truly, a day to remember; but four years has passed since that tragic day, and the notion of a “united” America has already been forgotten. Right after the incidents of 9/11, a lot of people were pointing fingers as to who’s to blame on the tragedy. The hatred and animosity that a lot of people felt towards Muslims and Arabs cannot be denied. Muslims and Arabs all over the country were feared, some were stared at, and some were ridiculed. Racism, once again, became rampant.

Webster Dictionary defines racism as making the race of other people a factor in attitudes or actions concerning them. Joe R. Feagin and Hernan Vera, in their article “White Racism: A Sociology of Human Waste,” discusses one particular type of racism: white racism. White racism, as they define it, is the “socially organized set of attitudes, ideas, and practices that deny African-Americans and other people of color the dignity, opportunities, freedoms, and rewards that this nation offers white Americans.” For me, white racism simply means one thing: it is the feeling of superiority that the Anglo-Saxon race has over any other race. If we look back through the course of human society in history, one will notice that the Anglo-Saxons have always had this feeling of edge over people of other ethnic backgrounds. Some historians say this is due to the cultural advance that European nations had in the 15th and 16th century, a white man believes that he is sent here in earth to educate and develop uncivilized societies. While other historians believe that their superiority is based solely on their skin color.

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