Is Racial Discrimination Still Present Today? A multimedia presentation by Cathy Steinberg

The answer is yes. Although many people believe that racism ended with Brown V. The Board Of Education, unfortunately many of the Jim Crow ideals shown in the novel "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett are still present in current day. In the workplace, schools, social media, or virtually anywhere, the line between black and white is still present.

"The Help" written in 2009 by Kathryn Stockett tells the story of Skeeter Phelan and 13 black maids working in the homes of white privileged citizens in the deep South. Together they all team up to write a book about what it is like to be a black maid at the time. By doing this they could be severely injured, shunned, and even die because of the violent segregationist groups. Even with the potential circumstances they overcome obstacles and publish the book, forcing the small town of Jackson, Mississippi to reconsider the line they drew between black and white, drastically changing the cultural norms that had been set at the time forever.

“The Help” has a very strong and powerful message. Kathryn Stockett is trying to tell readers that overcoming obstacles may be difficult, but the outcome of hard work is to be desired. This relates to racial discrimination and its presence today in many ways. Racial discrimination is an obstacle, it divides society creating more conflict than is already present. The greater the divide of a country the more unstable and weak it is. If everyone in the country works together to put a stop to even any thoughts of separation between races, the future generations will be better off. If America overcomes the challenge of racial discrimination, the country will come together making it stronger then ever.

Is racial discrimination really present today? These statistics prove it.

-47% of hate crimes are racially motivated

-unarmed black men are seven times more likely to be shot by police gunfire

-there active hate groups in every 50 states

-between 2008 and 2015 whites have routinely earned more than blacks

-The GDP for black citizens In the US as of 2015 was 11,908, while whites earned an averge of 13,260

-in the average prison ⅔ of the occupants are blacks

-1 in 3 black men will go to prison at some point in their lives

-the Southern poverty law center explains “black men who don't finish high school are more likely to end up behind bars the n employed”

This graph shows the median income per household based on race as of 2008. As clearly shown Asians made the most with whites coming in second, hispanic in third, and in last people with darker colored skin. Race has created an wage gap.

Groups For Racial Discrimination

There are many groups against racial segregation, in fact there is one active hate group in every state. Some are small and some are nationwide. The main and most well known hate group is the Klu Klux Klan. This group has been operating since December 24, 1865 (over 150 years!). The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates that there are over 190 active KKK branches and the whole organization has about 5,000 to 8,000 members as of 2015. The most recent events involving the KKK happened in 2016. On February 29th there was a major KKK rally in Southern California. These protests soon turned violent when three counter protesters were stabbed to death by members of the KKK. They claimed they acted out of self defense, but the incident made national headlines. The second thing that recently happened with the organization was the rumor that they had endorsed Donald Trump when he was running for president. The president elect denied the rumors but soon after won the election. The KKK is not nearly as powerful as they were 50 years ago, but they're major political involvement, makes them still present in the US.

Groups Against Racial Discrimination

Although there are many groups still active in the USA for racial discrimination, profiling, and segregation, some people have risen up to fight these groups. In associations against anything to do with racism, they figure out ways to combat the racists. They have grassroots around the world, they are present at UN meetings, and they sponsor many social experiments that benefit their cause. One specific example of these groups is the IMADR. This stands for the International Movement Against All Forms Of Discrimination and Racism. Although there are more active hate groups in the US then activist groups, there IMADR, has an influence worldwide. They lobby UN meetings, have connections with major world leaders, and they consult many groups related to social status. Their main purpose (as stated in the name) is to stop racial discrimination, profiling, anything related to it. They have realized that discrimination is nf azct present today. It did not end with the Brown vs. Board of Education, and it is not over. These people have risen up to stop it, they fight against the KKK and follow none of their beliefs. They are leaders, and they are the ones that are going to change the world. To learn more about the IMARDC and their efforts you may visit the link below.

Studies Conducted on Racial Discrimination

In 2008 a Devah Pager and Hana Shepherd conducted a study on “The Sociology of Discrimination: Racial Discrimination in Employment, Housing, Credit, and Consumer Markets.” This study as stated in the titled) looked at the effects of race on employment housing, and insurance based policies. The results were astonishing. These two young activists discovered many more facts about the effects of racial discrimination today. Before the two conducted their own experiment they researched and found that a 2001 survey, for example, found that more than one-third of blacks and nearly 20% of Hispanics and Asians reported that they had personally been passed over for a job or promotion because of their race or ethnicity. A 1997 Gallup poll found that nearly half of all black respondents reported having experienced discrimination at least once in one of five common situations in the past month. After getting background information they began to look at racial profiling in the three categories listed above. They found out the following facts…

Employment

-African Americans are twice as more likely to be unemployed as whites

-The wages of blacks continue to follow those of whites

-Whites are estimated to get called back to interviews 50% more than blacks

-Black male high school graduates are 70% more likely to experience involuntary employment than whites

-Whites are paid on average 15 cents more per hour then blacks

-White men earn around 15% more than blacks

Housing

-Black housing application were 82% more likely to be rejected than those of white people

Credit Markets

-Whites possess roughly 12 times the wealth of African Americans

-Blacks pay more than 0.5% higher interest rates on home mortgages than do whites

Consumer Markets

-Blacks pay on average $339 more than whites with similar credit histories for insurance

-Car dealers are less likely to negotiate with blacks and on average the pay anywhere from $446-$1132 for cars

This study found many pieces of useful of information, that prove that racial discrimination is in fact present today.

"I am racist and (if your white) you probably are, too"

Steven Singer wrote these words on June 10th, 2015. Shortly after he published an article about this on common dreams, a website that gives people a taste of what media could be like if it was focused all on peace. In this article Singer explains that whites, without even realizing it are racist. He explains that it is not flat out there but in the little things that everyone does, while maintaining the point that this is his opinion. He wasnt trying to offend anyone, or make anyone mad, but in the months following this article thousands of pople lashed out him and commonsense.org (saying that his artcile was not fufilling the prospect of peace). Eventually another author wrote an article about the outlash saying that this is because people don't want to admit to racism, and that they are simply proving Singer’s point. After this was published people began to realize what Singer had said, instead of just looking at the big picture. This raised awareness for racism, and the discrimination blacks still face today. Singer was just one of the many who wasn't afraid to admit the truth, and by doing so he helped the whole movement.

To see the original article posted by Steven Singer click on the button below

This video explains racism today in America.

How does learning information from multiple perspectives and genres influence your understanding of the topic?

The more perspectives you have on a specific topic, the deeper your understanding is of the topic. As the famous quote says “there is always too sides to the story,” this in fact is true. The more sides to a story, topic, event, etc, you study or know, the more you know about that topic. For example, let's say a sister and a brother get into a fight over a lego. The sister slapped the brother, so the brother punched her. The sister goes crying to her mother, and says the story from her point of view; that her and her brother were fighting over a ego and he punched her in the face. The mom then calls in the brother and asks him to explain what happened he says that the sister slapped him so he punched her out of self defense. Now, the mother knows that the brother did not just punch her out of the blue, that in fact, his sister instigated it. Because the mother had multiple perspectives she had a better understanding of the situation. This just apply to a sibling quarrel, it applied everywhere. Lawyers interview multiple witness to get multiple perspectives and have a deeper understanding of the topic before they go to court. Genres can also further understanding in multiple ways. The most common example is a book and a movie. An author may write a biography about a certain subject. Then a director may make a movie about the same subject. The movie (or book) could include more or less facts than the other. If you were doing a project on the the subject you would want to watch both the movie and read the book, because they could give you more information. It is much like how multiple perspectives give you more knowledge. Overall the more sides of the story you have, the more you can understand the story, and that is how multiple perspectives and genres influence anyone's understanding of any topic.

Racial Discrimination Today and How It Relates to The Help

So, how does The Help, a book based in the times of racial segregation relate to racial discrimination today? The answer is simple, in “The Help” many Jim Crow ideals were presented. Most of the town believed blacks were second class citizens, that there should be a segregated state, separate facilities, etc. The segregationists today (such as the KKK) still worship these ideals. So how does it relate to the help? The ideals in the book are still present today, making racial discrimination very much still here. Racism is not over, and it won't be until the US does something about it. The country needs to unite and fight the force that is breaking the US apart; the divide between black and white.

Works Cited

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"I Am Racist and (If You're White) You Probably Are, Too." Common Dreams. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2017.

"IMADR WEB SITE." IMADR WEB SITE. N.p., 01 Feb. 2015. Web. 22 Jan. 2017.

"Infobase Learning - Login." Infobase Learning - Login. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Jan. 2017.

Noman, Natasha. "Racism in America Today Is Alive and Well - And These Stats Prove It." Mic. Mic Network Inc., 07 Apr. 2016. Web. 22 Jan. 2017.

Pager, Devah, and Hana Shepherd. "The Sociology of Discrimination: Racial Discrimination in Employment, Housing, Credit, and Consumer Markets." Annual Review of Sociology. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 01 Jan. 2008. Web. 22 Jan. 2017.

PragerUniversity. "Is America Racist?" YouTube. YouTube, 18 Jan. 2016. Web. 22 Jan. 2017.

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