by SlowSlothIsSlow on February 7, 2016 - 9:00pm
Race equality has improved in America. Most equality has been on an upward trend in America. However improvement is not a finished solution to a problem. We still have plenty of issues to work through as a country, even if they aren’t quite as blatant as they might have been 100 years ago. While we are on the road to more equality, we haven’t quite figured out what exactly equality means, and what is socially and politically most correct. There are obvious inequalities and profiling instances today, that were clearly not just fixed up perfectly by the Civil Rights Movement.
I think that the biggest race issue that Americans face today is that, whether consciously or unconsciously, we often pretend that racial equality has improved to a place where it no longer needs much effort to move forward. The trend of claiming to be color blind leaves societies just as prejudiced as ever, but with an easy way to hide it. The problem with this easy out is that we have a problem, and if we don’t talk about it, we can’t fix it. Race is a conversation that needs to be happening. Not talking about race, only enables racial issues to be swept under the rug or missed entirely.
My views have not changed a huge amount as a result of our unit on the Civil Rights Movement. I think that previously I had been less informed on the exact history of race relations in America, and I was definitely less familiar with the details of the civil rights movement, however, my personal opinions on race and racial issues today have not changed.
I think that we should talk about race. That race should be a conversation in the workplace, in schools, and in homes. I think that refusing to talk about it only perpetuates a culture of misunderstanding and fear, whereas if we discuss it, people will be far more likely to commit acts of small bravery towards equality. I think that in some ways, we should embrace the fight for racial equality the same way that we approach the fight for gender equality. I can’t think of any gender equality campaigns that claim to be ‘gender-blind’ or want to stop people from acknowledging the differences between genders. In the fight for gender equality we seek to admire, and appreciate what makes different genders, and create equal rights for all, without negating differences. If America approached race the same way, and seeked to admire, and appreciate what makes different races, and create equal rights, even everyday rights, for all without negating differences, then we would be in a much better, and more equal place today.