Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Hate Crimes

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When I searched the news for hate crimes on minorities I was appalled to find so many results in so little time. I found three that took place in the past week alone: one in which a couple of kids in Arizona vandalized the cars of black and Jewish families, another in Maryland where some boys spray-painted KKK on a bus owned by a black church, and the final incident was about a black woman who was beaten by a white man in a Cracker Barrel in Georgia. How can people claim that racism does not exist when acts such as these blatantly prove otherwise? For the first two incidents it can be argued that they were carried out by ignorant adolescents who simply wanted attention and did not understand the consequences of their actions. But if that is the case, then we are worse off then I thought. When the youth of the nation have been exposed to such racial slurs, which are pronounced as nonexistent in our liberal and tolerant society, then obviously they are not extinct and instead dwell in the unconscious of society. To rid ourselves of them, we must bring them to the open and crush them. Simply arresting and fining these perpetrators is not enough. We must force society’s eyes open. We know that imposing tolerance on others is ineffective, but it is even less productive to sit around and wait until they choose to practice it themselves.


Written by larosa29

September 19, 2009 at 12:05 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Wow, the hate crimes you’ve cited are truly unsettling. I completely agree with you in not understanding why so many people claim that racism is not that bad, especially considering much of our generation of whites grew up with one or more racist family members (even if they are grandparents) and often have little interaction with minorities. It’s hard to fix when stereotypes are ingrained in society and it’s even harder to fix when many don’t acknowledge the degree to which the problem persists. I agree that more must be done to enlighten people as well as fix the problem, but even if that does happen, it’s going to be a long time before racism diminishes.


    September 19, 2009 at 3:28 am

  2. Racism is something that has been around for a very many years. And I do agree that racism will not disappear and it is going to take long time until there is no more racism. The hate crimes are committed by such ignorant people that are raised to hate a certain group of people based upon skin or religion. I blame the families for raising their children to hate.


    September 20, 2009 at 3:43 am

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