Will There Ever Be an End to Racism

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Will There Ever Be an End to Racism? A white woman pulls into a convenience store parking lot late one evening. As she gets out of her car she notices a shady figure begin to walk towards her. She becomes nervous and makes a quick entry into the store where she feels a bit safer. There is no one else in the store besides her and the cashier. She walks to the back of the store to retrieve the item she came for. She hears the door open and she turns around to see who entered the store. It is the same black male that she noticed in the parking lot. The black male begins to make his way to the back of the store. The woman’s nerves spike again and she hastily grabs what she came in to get and high tales it to the cashier. After she is checked out she bolts out of the store and back to her car, where she speeds out of the parking lot without looking back. This type of racism is not at all uncommon. All the black male wanted to do was buy the items he came for and leave, all while minding his own business. This type of racism occurs more often than not. America has come a long way from segregation back in the sixties, but college campuses still have a long way to go. According to Steele, college campuses all across America are experiencing racism (22) . The racism experiences can range from minimal things like the story above, or they can become more serious where black students have taken up protests to stop college racism. According to Steele’s research incidents of on-campus “intergroup conflict” have occurred at more than 160 colleges in the last two years (22). The most notorious is the October 1986 beating of a black student at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst after an argument about the World Series turned into a racial bashing (Steele 21). Steele has spent the majority of his adult life on predominantly white campuses (22). Steele found…...

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