December 14, 2016 General Studies

Everybody jumped on him, beat the hell out of him.

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Everybody had blood on their forearms.

He lost so much blood he turned white. He got .

what he deserved” (Ridgeway 167.) .

The skinheads who performed this random act of racial violence in 1990, .

had no reason to brutally beat their victim other than the fact that he was .

Mexican (Ridgeway 167). Racism is objectively defined as any practice of .

ethnic discrimination or segregation. Fortunately, racial violence is .

steadily declining as the turn of the century approaches. Now a new form .

of racism, covert racism, has recently sprung from the pressures of .

political correctness. This new form of racism, although slowly declining, .

still shows signs of strong support (Piazza 86). Covert racism assumes a .

form of civil disobedience against politically correct thought and speech. .

Essentially, covert racism is a “hidden” racism, or a racism not easily .

detected (Piazza 78). “Racism is still strongly prevalent in today’s .

society” (Gudorf 3). .

The three different basic forms of racism, open racism, violent racism, .

and covert racism all express forms of hatred towards distinct ethnic .

groups (Bender 47). These basic forms of racism, although different in .

form, all have the same main purpose, to promote racism. .

Open racism expresses freedom of racial thought and speech. Open racists .

promote their views through strictly persuasionary tactics. This form of .

racism is allowed in our society because of the First Amendment. Open .

racism is currently almost nonexistent and steadily declining, because it .

is considered politically incorrect and socially unacceptable. .

Violent racism promotes racism through violence, fear, and persuasionary .

tactics (Leone 49) This form of racism is not protected by the First .

Amendment because it promotes violence to express its ideas. Unfortunately .

many violent racial groups claim they do not promote violence, and .

therefore these groups are protected by the First Amendment because not .


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