Sample History Essay Paper on Racism Alive and Well

Racism Alive and Well

In light of the history of the United States, racism and racial profiling has occurred continually throughout recorded history in varying degrees and capacities. However, the idea that the issue has been completely eradiated because of low incidences is not according to recent reports a factual conclusion. While students do bear the character of unnecessary mayhem and riotous lifestyles, the Missouri University protests seem to require a far deeper explanation than a simple “it’s an expression of common student youthful complaints.” According to the CNN’s correspondent Michael Pearson, the events that preceded the riots and demonstrations revolved around blatant racial prejudice. Events such as the addressing of black meetings with contempt, the littering of the Black Culture Center with cotton balls, the open expression of racial intentions by means of gory and disgusting depictions of the swastika, the open verbal harassment of a student body leader and the open lack of concern by the administration clearly required a retaliatory move.

While the protests and their reasons were localized to the institution, their agenda can be seen to echo across the country in countless other incidences that present the proof of the existence of this despicable endemic trait of racial profiling and discrimination. As mentioned before, the idea that the reduction in occurrence should translate to complete eradication of this bias is but a house of cards. This is because the expression of racial prejudice, though in manageable minute seemingly harmless quantities, cuts across the American fabric from sports to politics and other avenues of social interaction. Beginning with the field of sports recent expression of racism is embodied in the treatment of Joel Ward and the Serena sisters. Following his heroic s that lead to the series clincher for the Washington Capitals over the Boston Bruins in the playoffs of the Stanley cup, Ward received a barrage of racially inspired insults. Despite the fact that most of the insults seemed to emanate from opponents, their intent served the purpose of inspiring racial hatred against the black player. In similar fashion, the Serna sisters experienced racism from fans whose support had seemed to permeate their entire carriers. When Venus made the decision to withdraw instead of playing her sister Serena during the Tennis masters series, the family received blatant hate comments and boos. During the championship match as well as during the presentation of the trophy, Serena was openly booed. In his remarks, Richard Williams stated that the whites had finally received the opportunity to express themselves against the black tennis stars that have not played in the tournament since then (ABS).

In other matters, the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman presents the racial cars in full swing. While the defendant clearly had wounds from Martin whom he eventually shot, the issue that raised emotions was why he had to pursue the young man even after being explicitly directed by the authorities not to. This classic case of racial profiling of blacks is only but an example of the status quo in the U.S; with the rate for drug, related imprisonment for blacks is ten times more than that of whites, while drug consumption in the white community is five times more than the black community (Eakin). In similar fashion, while Trayvon was profiled as a possible criminal, the Charleston shooting suspect Dylan roof was present as troubled young man by a media quick to label Muslim jihadists or black shooters with the same propensity as terrorists (Butler).  

In y opinion, though public awareness is growing on the same issue and a reduction is experienced today, there still needs to be a lot more effort, as the riots in the university express a countrywide concern.

Works cited

ABS. 10 Most Racist Incidents Directed Against Blacks in Sports. 3 Decmber 2013. 12 December 2015 <https://atlantablackstar.com/2013/12/02/10-most-racist-incidents-directed-against-blacks-in-sports/>.

Butler, A. Shooters of color are called ‘terrorists’ and ‘thugs.’ Why are white shooters called ‘mentally ill’? 18 June 2015. 12 December 2015 <https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/06/18/call-the-charleston-church-shooting-what-it-is-terrorism/>.

Eakin, B. George Zimmerman case brings race, discrimination in U.S. to forefront. 19 July 2013. 12 December 2015 <http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/analysis/2013/07/19/George-Zimmerman-case-brings-race-discrimination-in-U-S-to-forefront.html>.

Peason, M. A timeline of the University of Missouri protests. 10 November 2015. 12 December 2015 <http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/09/us/missouri-protest-timeline/>.