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.
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