Racism Isn't A Thing Of The Past

by rachel.vienneau on September 29, 2014 - 6:11pm

In the article “If The Supreme Court Says Racism Is Pretty Much Over, Why Are So Many People Still Being So Racist?’ from the Huffington Post in April 29th 2014, authors Nick Wing and Shadee Ashtar discuss how racism is still very much present today even if people like to say that it is not. In June of 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to remove an important part of the Voting Rights Act that was made to prevent discrimination. The vote was split 5-4, the 5 being in favor of removing that part of the Voting Rights Act. They removed this part because they believe that racism does not exist anymore. The authors disagree with this and provide many examples to prove that the U.S. Supreme Court is very wrong. The authors use the cases of eleven politician and celebrities who have been a part of racism scandals in the past year. One of the more well-known examples the authors used is Don Sterling, the owner of the L.A. Clippers, who had been exposed as a racist when a recorded conversation had been released earlier this year. Another well-known case is Paula Deen, a famous chef who admitted to having used the N-word and to having made racist jokes in the past. The authors argue that if racism really did not exist anymore stories like these would also not exist anymore.

I completely agree with the point that the authors make. There are so many news stories that are about racism, sometimes indirectly, and yet the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court seems to believe that racism is over. Clearly if there are still stories about racism then racism is still very much existent. It seems that instead of trying to find a way to defeat racism, the U.S. Supreme Court would rather just ignore it and pretend that it is a thing of the past. The examples that the authors chose are very relevant because they chose stories about politicians and celebrities, which is people that we look up to. This shows that not only is racism still an issue but it is one that is present in places where everyone sees it.  One thing the authors could have done is further explain why the U.S. Supreme Court believes that racism doesn’t exist anymore, even though there is plenty of evidence to prove otherwise.

 

Reference:

Wing, N., Ashtari S. (2014, April 29). If the supreme court says racism is pretty much over, why are so many people still being so racist? The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/29/racism-isnt-dead_n_5232080.html

Comments

First of all, what caught my attention about this post is the shocking title. ''Racism isn't a thing of the past'' is clearly the best title you could have found for the article because it's true that even today, racism is still present.
I completely agree with your post because also think that racism is still present these days and the U.S Supreme Court should also see it instead of saying that racism is over. It's not because blacks are no more slaves and because there are no concentration camps that racism has disappeared. Racism is still there and not only toaward blacks but toward many ''races''. Almost every day I see people of different ''races'' being rejected or not being listened by others. For example, last month when I was in the bus, an old black woman came in the bus and she had no seat to sit because the bus was full and no one give her a seat. Approximately 5 minutes later, a beautiful young lady came in the bus and a young man give her his seat with pleasure. It's frustrating because racism is really everywhere and people are sometimes racist whithout knowing it.
I think we should inform ourselves about racism in Canada and how our Supreme Court see it because racism is definitely still present today and it's very harmful.

I agree with what you're saying completely, as well as i wasn't aware that there was a vote to remove such a thing. However, when it comes down to racism just like sexism, or sexual discrimination these topics will never be 'over'. In our society, we need to label things, and point out issues that are seen not of a normal standard that society has placed to be. One thing that comes to gender, it is very much linked with gender and sexual orientation. A black gay man will adhere to many more racial comments and not receive as many privileges as a white heterosexual man. With that being said, the government is seen as a powerful figure and all other individuals not in such a high position have to accept the rulings that are given, not considering this is a democratic state and the public should also have a say in what is being done and chosen for them. But this is how we are governed, what others choose to be fit for us, living in an unjust society with one that has not changed in many years. We are made to ‘accept’ this fact, because one individual cannot change the way things are seen by millions, it takes groups of people to force a change, but if we are being shut down. How far can we go?

Any interesting article that should be read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/keli-goff/keli-goff-racism_b_982443.html