Over 40 old ages have elapsed since the triumphs of the civil rights motion and over 50 old ages since Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her place to a white adult male. But race remains to be the most critical societal issue in today’s society. Jarvis Tyner. executive vice-chair of the Communist Party USA gave a address in which he said: “The conflict of racism is even more critical at present. Nothing is more important on the agenda of the progressive forces across the Earth except the battle to eliminate the pestilence of racism from our universe.
” ( Jarvis Tyner ) HURRICANE KATRINA. THE EYE OPENER Racism has been known to deny educational. economical and societal rights to the black people. But it was a fresh reminder and an oculus opener for the Americans when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans America. Katrina brought back the scruples of the Americans as they saw on their Television the ghastly images of the black victims of the hurricane. They saw inkinesss trapped on roof tops shouting for aid. the organic structures drifting on the H2O and prevarication in the streets.
They saw the kids and the aged both hard-pressed. What they saw was the world of structural racism in America. What they saw made them question the administration’s policies. Did the disposal truly fail to supply for the 1000 of black inundation victims? Or was it merely Racism? PRESS CLIPPINGS CONTRASTED The imperativeness was non traveling to be left behind. Two separate newspaper cuttings were shortly the topic of everyone’s treatment. The first cutting was the image of black male child walking through inundation H2O transporting a rubbish bag and a sodium carbonate instance.
The caption described the immature adult male walking through inundation H2O after ‘looting’ a food market shop. The other image was of two white occupants swimming through inundation H2O and they harmonizing to the caption ‘found’ staff of life and sodium carbonate from the local food market shop. Be IT REALLY RACISM UNDERLYING THE CAPTION? Now. was it merely two different lensmans showing two different sentiments in two different newspapers is difficult to state. Black people ‘loot’ and white people ‘find’ . Be it a mere pick of words or was it more than that? This was the inquiry everyone around the Earth was inquiring.
It was truly non clear whether the pick of words was knowing. still. everyone continued to debate over the contrast between the two captions. But what both images have in common is that the people in them are working towards self saving. When the Hurricane Katrina destroyed the metropolis it was reasonably much justifiable that people would travel out and seek for survival points and if they found them drifting on the H2O they will pretty much bent on to them. No 1s recommending robbery or any other illegal behaviours but when catastrophe work stoppages such actions are considered justifiable.
It was non like the immature black adult male was transporting large screen telecastings. films and other mercenary goods so stating that he was ‘looting’ was a politically wrong usage of verbalism. And we can non alter the definition and deduction of the term ‘looting’ by stating that it is a slang term used in some societies. Neither can we warrant the use of the term by stating that the author wrote this caption non because he was a subconscious racialist but because he had a deadline force per unit area and alternatively of doing an attempt to cover the narrative. stressed and sleepless he winded up with such a caption that created such a immense bombilation.
WHAT’S AT STAKE? Let’s non make any decisions for what we see is Television is non even half the narrative. As they say. what we hear we should believe none and what we see we should merely believe half. So let’s consider what’s at interest for people Sing Eye to oculus and believing analogue to either side of the contention. Keeping biass and pigeonholing entirely on the base of skin colour is Racism and racism which countless disadvantages. Racism has led to nil but devastation. It has led to the decease of 1000000s of people as in the instance of Nazi Germany and Rwanda. The immorality of racism prevents an equal and free society.
Pigeonholing black people and remaining off from them would strip one of the chances to cognize black people and to develop a relationship with them which could turn out to be honoring. I will province here the instance of my brother who was looking for roomies for his flat in Malaysia. He was told that black people give excessively much problem and people don’t prefer to populate with them. However. when he allow a room in his flat to a immature adult male from Botswana who was black he was surprised to happen that the fixed thoughts developed about black people did non rather use to all.
In fact. he was paying him rather a fine-looking sum for the room which made him really happy. Racists are nescient and racism has been proved to engender ignorance. In a survey to find whether prejudiced persons suffer from cognitive disadvantages. it was shown that participants who perpetuated negative stereotypes scored lower on math and general cognition trials. ( Sabeer ) CONCLUSION Black people ‘loot’ and white people ‘find’ is merely one illustration of the many racialist comments we may hold heard.
But leaping to decisions that it was the implicit in racism that brought out the comment instead than a difference of sentiment would be excessively rough. Agring with the phrase ‘black people loot’ would do one prejudiced which has disadvantages. Rather than blowing clip brooding upon which side is right we should look at the larger image. We should inquire ourselves as to what is at interest. As the argument went on and people aligned themselves to a side of the contention dead organic structures were drifting in the streets of New Orleans. Ask yourselves. Is that what we wanted?
What we must do certain is that such a thing might ne’er go on once more. That when catastrophe work stoppages. work forces and adult females. inkinesss and Whites. Canis familiariss and cats must all be rescued. WORKS CITED Michael Seeber “Racism breeds Ignorance” 1 September 2001 & lt ; hypertext transfer protocol: //www. psychologytoday. com/articles/200109/racism-breeds-ignorance & gt ; Jarvis Tyner “The battle for African American freedom” October 2006 & lt ; hypertext transfer protocol: //www. politicalaffairs. net/article/articleview/4858/1/241/ & gt ; Sports taw “Finding VS Looting” & lt ; hypertext transfer protocol: //www. sportsshooter. com/message_display. hypertext markup language? tid=17204 & gt ;