Thursday, February 3, 2011

Blog Assignment # 8

It has been 50 years since President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, yet there is still much inequality in the U.S. Read the full article and comment on the question below.

  • What do you think it will take for racial equality to finally be achieved in the U.S? Why?

22 comments:

  1. Alondra J. Ramirez PiñeroAugust 15, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    • Sadly I don’t think that racial equality will ever be achieved in the U.S. Why do I think like this? Well because, since Abraham Lincoln in the 1863 that he abolished the slavery and from then and now, things have not been so different. We do our best to teach our new generations to love, treat and respect everyone without discriminating. But there are still old people, that are like stuck on the last two centuries that have this prejudice with black color people and they pass that to further generations. Here in this article it tells us that the President Lyndon Johnson on August 6th 1965 signed the voting rights into law. Black people could vote for the president from this day on. This is a major progress! But how long did it take? Long time right! We all want to see this racism go away for everyone sake, but it is just not happening any time soon. It is not that I’m being negative. But just analyze. Years ago it was bad because black people were slaves, and now they aren’t. This is just a progress. But still now, people still discriminate, and can be from both sides. Not only white people to black people, it sure has being also the other way around, black people against white people. And like why not, if in the past black people were terribly abused and murder by white people. The thing is that the only one that can stop all this that is happening is us. One by one, individually. Standing up for each other, and taking care each and every one of us.

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  2. What do I think it should happen for racial equality to stop? Stop putting labels. Stop looking at our world physically and start seeing them emotionally and spiritually; as imperfect and beautiful human beings. Over all, to start seeing every human like yourself. What does this mean? Start seeing them with feelings, hearts, emotions, imagination, as brilliant people whom we can work with and do big things together. Understand that variety makes a place much interesting! It’s sad to see how we can co-live with animals, who look nothing like us, but we can’t live with people who think just like you and me. It can be pride what makes racial equality much harder. Not everybody sees the world the same way and not everybody have been treated the same way in order for them to understand their brother and sister. We need to stop seeing them as a person from where you’re not and comparing ourselves or make ourselves look greater than them and start seeing them as a member of your same planet, of your same species but with unique qualities that still connect us. Overall, see them as how the apostle Paul explains it: as citizens of Heaven. In the end, we were all made by G-d’s image.

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  3. To be honest I do not think that there will ever be racial equality in the U.S because how many years now have we been fighting for this and yet we still continue to do so. In our history we can see in all the events that is just one thing after another and it’s very sad. Citizens of this country determine if we achieve racial equality but some people still don’t agree with every race. Either it be with African American, Hispanic people, Muslims, Native Americans, etc. basically all the minority people. In our history, African American suffered horribly do to their color, they suffered slavery for so many years and today we see the Hispanic be looked down upon for being immigrants, as well as many Muslims being discriminated to all the bombings that have happened due to ISIS. There’s just an ongoing chain that keeps going and going. In the article, in 1965 President Johnson signed the voting rights act giving liberty for everyone to vote freely no matter your race. This was a huge achievement, a huge step forward but I’m sure there are people out there who disagree and continue to discriminate. Today we still are able to vote but there’s still many other racial problems that this country is going through. We individually can make a difference to accept everyone for who they are. The question is will it ever end? Will we ever see each other equally? We are made by the same Creator, we are made in His image, no matter what color, how tall, how smart, no matter our cultural background, we are all equally the same.

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  4. Kristell Calderón PeláezSeptember 13, 2016 at 11:18 PM

    I think that achieve racial equality in the U.S does not have a specific period or method to be fulfilled. It does not depend on factors that government or activists can control. Racism is a personal position, something that comes from the inside of people and can be changed only by personal decision. Therefore, I think that its achievement depends on a change of mindset on every U.S. citizen, if people decide not to accept racial equality then it will never be achieved. If that happens, people that are victims of racism will never have the chance to feel completely accepted and it might create a racial fight as had happened before. What government, activists and we, the ones that agree with equality, can do, is keep promoting it and make aware of the difference that it would make for those that still suffer for not having racial equality.

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  5. Kristell Calderón PeláezSeptember 25, 2016 at 1:09 PM

    I think that achieve racial equality in the U.S does not have a specific period or method to be fulfilled. It does not depend on factors that government or activists can control. Racism is a personal position, something that comes from the inside of people and can be changed only by personal decision. Therefore, I think that its achievement depends on a change of mindset on every U.S. citizen, if people decide not to accept racial equality then it will never be achieved. If that happens, people that are victims of racism will never have the chance to feel completely accepted and it might create a racial fight as had happened before. What government, activists and we, the ones that agree with equality, can do, is keep promoting it and make aware of the difference that it would make for those that still suffer for not having racial equality.

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  6. Nichole Ramos EstremeraOctober 10, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    All people are created equal in rights, dignity, and the potential to achieve great things. True opportunity requires that we all have equal access to the benefits, burdens and responsibilities of our society regardless of race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or other aspects of what we look like or where we come from. However we still encounter problems regarding racial equality. Blacks and whites generally agree that the two races get along well, but about 7 in 10 blacks and more than 1 in 4 whites also concur that blacks are treated unequally by the criminal justice system. A majority of blacks also say they are treated less fairly than whites in public schools and in the workplace. Fully 1 in 3 blacks, 1 in 5 Hispanic Americans and 1 in 10 whites said they were treated unfairly within the last year because of perceptions of their race. I do believe that we can change this. We need to give equal opportunity to everyone, equal opportunity means treating similarly situated people similarly, while taking account of human, cultural, and other differences. It means, for example, that a person’s race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation should be irrelevant to his or her ability to receive quality health care or to own a home. It also means, however, that the health care women and men receive should be appropriate to their different needs. It means to follow the example of Christ. Respect, love and treating others the way you want to be treated.

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  7. Erika Montalvo GuzmanNovember 7, 2016 at 7:24 AM

    Although the U.S has gotten far, its going back to where it started. More and more people are becoming more racist like the presidential candidate Trump. Not only is it against African Americans but also Hispanics. Now a days you will see a lot of cops abusing there authority. Shooting innocent "black people" for no apparent reason. Just because of the color of their skin they are facing so much pain. Also families are being torn apart just because they are trying to find freedom from there land and give there kids a better life. In reality America is not so great, its becoming worse and worse.

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  8. Kiara Ramos MeléndezNovember 30, 2016 at 12:58 PM

    Racial equality is the belief that individuals, regardless of their racial characteristics, are morally, politically, and legally equal and should be treated as such. Furthermore, it is the belief that different racial groups, as groups, are equal, with none being inherently superior or inferior in intelligence, virtue, or beauty. In the United States the term is commonly linked to the belief in equal treatment under the law as well as equal opportunity as a principle to ensure individuals, regardless of their race, an equal opportunity in education, employment, and politics. In reality, the ideal of racial equality, however defined, has not always been practiced, nor has it been fully achieved anywhere in the world. This is because the belief in racial equality has historically had to counter both deeply rooted beliefs in racial inequality as well as the concrete political, legal, and customary practices of racial discrimination and oppression. Hence racial equality is expressed in antiracist philosophy and in antiracist political mobilization. The idea of racial equality has disputed long-standing beliefs in racial inequality that can be traced back several hundred years. Centuries ago, the colonization or enslavement of a people was often justified on grounds of cultural superiority (as in the case of British colonial control over India) and even on religious grounds (for example, slavery was rationalized as biblically ordained by Noah's curse of Ham or as a process of bringing Christianity to heathens). In the 1700s, however, racial inequality was increasingly given a scientific justification. Contemporary categories of race ("white," "black," etc.) were given a scientific status by Carolus Linnaeus and Johann Friedrich Blumenbach. Typical of the era, each explained race with reference to climate and geography. In 1758, Linnaeus classified humans as "Americanus" (currently Native American), whom he described as red, upright, choleric, and ruled by habit; "Europaeus" (currently European), whom he described as white, sanguine, muscular, and ruled by custom; "Asiaticus" (currently Asian), whom he described as pale yellow, melancholy, stiff, and ruled by belief; and "Africanus" (currently African), whom he described as black, phlegmatic, relaxed, and ruled by caprice. Later, in 1795, Blumenbach asserted the moral equality of races but still categorized and ranked them according to his conception of beauty.

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  9. The best way to get to the point where we are all treated equal is through education. When I mean all to be treated equal it isn’t just for African americans but for Asians, Hispanics, lgbt, agnostics, atheists, etc. Regarding African americans, it is very tough for them in the states and specially in those southern states. These past couple of months we have seen how there is still so much racism in the nation and it isn’t a new thing, we might have thought that it was nonexistent or almost eradicated but we can see it is still very much alive. There sure are racist people of all ethnicities but there is definitely a lot of racism among whites, it is evident that white privilege is a fact and a lot of people don’t want to admit it. If an African American had said all the hateful things Trump said during his campaign, do you think he would’ve been elected? Ofcourse not, he would’ve been hated if not murdered before. To change this education is the key, and for education to work we need fanatics of all types to be educated, specially religious ones.

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  10. Camille Elise Colon RipollDecember 4, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    What do you think it will take for racial equality to finally be achieved in the U.S.? Why?


    The End of the World. The second coming of Jesus Christ. Why? Simply, because we will always be considered different no matter what we say or do. The President might bring peace around the world but we will never be equal. Everyone has their own opinion; so equality will never be achieved. Not trying to be negative, just saying the reality that no one wants to hear.

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  11. Well, with the recent riots, election of Donald Trump for president, and overall present division that’s going on in the states, racial equality appears to be but a dream at this point. The weird thing is, it’s no longer cut and clean. Back during the Civil Rights movement, a large portion of the protestors were actually just peaceful protestors, they didn’t have this idea that because they were outraged they should go around vandalizing everything. Yes people like Malcom X called for violence, but who do we remember, him or M.l.K? Do I even have to spell the name out? We remember those who actually accomplish something, not those who are all talk and no bite. However, nowadays, most of these “peaceful protestors” are breaking into businesses, setting cars on fire, and just overreacting because they don’t seem to care if they’re right or wrong anymore, if they see something they so much as suspect as racism, they jump on it like a psychopath. Never mind that a little girl was killed during a fire fight between gangs, the police are the real problem our community has. Honestly, I don’t agree with the White House’s new Trump card, but I can see why people chose him given the fact that president Obama seemed to ignore or overlook a lot of the violent actions in the black communities. And I don’t want to go as far as to say that we have no more racism in the U.S, but these riots feel not only unnecessary, but if they hope to achieve racial equality by throwing the adult equivalent of a tantrum, claim that they’re justified because racism is still a thing, then they’re really just a damper on accomplishing their own goals. I think that this country is capable of eventually achieving such a thing as racial equality, but it’s not something that’s remotely within our reach with mistakes being made on all sides of the issue.

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  12. Like a stain on white shirt that never truly goes away; racism has marked the history of America in a way that has not been able to be erased or forgotten. The deep rooted anger of the African-american people isn't one that is particular to a certain time and place but one that is inherited through the realization that though every generation promises the advancement of society it seems to stay stag net in terms of equality. Sons whose fathers warn them in the same tone they were warned by their fathers of the shifting and inconsistent nature of equality within the borders of the States of America who never seem to United in race, color, or creed. Martin Luther King Jr had a dream that never seems to truly ever become a reality and the reason to that is because to be equal we must be humble and to be humble we must let go of our pride and to let go of our pride would mean to let of the positions of power that give that feeling and America will never let that become a reality. America has never exchanged a stance of power for a weaker one for any cause whether it be political or social. America goes from "strength to strength" ignoring the very reasons for what made this nation strong in the first place. From the Indians whose kindness helped the first Pilgrims survive the cold winters of the eastern climate by teaching them to cultivate food and warm their homes to the scenes of Ellis Island filled with immigrants from all over the world coming to a foreign land in search of a dream; America has always been it's best when people worked together for the greater good. No matter the color of your skin or the ethnicity of your race. America has forgotten that part of it's history. It's forgotten the kindness of illegal immigrants or that at one points we all were one. It's forgotten that to be native meant to be savage and to be foreign meant to be American. It's forgotten that it's foundations were built by those who skin was red and because of this.. Equality will never be achieved in the United States of America.

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  13. Lissette Fred Flores
    Well this I consider controversial subject. Racial equity is currently not something being promoted in the U.S. In fact, I’ve seen in the news as well as in the social media a lot of racial hate towards African Americans and Hispanics. I don’t really know how racial equality can be achieved but at the same time, I believe nothing is impossible. Hard and very difficult to achieve yes. As with many things in life you need the right tool to get the job done. I know that somewhere in the world there is a person qualified for that job. Where and who, well, who knows. Anyway, after that person is found they are going to need a working crew which will help them implement a plan and bring it to completion. I can imagine that there are people whose minds will not be changed. Here we hit a wall. They won’t change because that’s all they have ever known; they wouldn’t know how to act or even how to begin a change of perspective or they could be afraid of their own. So what do we do? How can we get into these people’s head?

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  14. Joseadan Collado ConsuegraDecember 5, 2016 at 1:45 PM

    Sadly, not anytime soon. I don't believe the people of the United States are mentally equipped for equality. A simple but very power testament to this, just happened a couple of weeks ago when the United States voted into power our president elect. Equality has been, will be, a battle, which will continue until people educate themselves. The sad truth is that racism has been an integral part of the U.S, in 1863 the slaves were “freed” but we can see that meant nothing. In 1965, a 102 years later, people of color were given the right to vote. It took the U.S 102 years to even accept the thought of “blacks” voting. We see cases all around the U.S, involving Hispanics, Blacks, Native Americans which are mistreated because of skin color and or ethnicity. The problem is the labels we chose to place each other under, when filling out a questionnaire one of the first questions asked is what ethnicity are you a part of, etc. Now, not only are the oppressors classifying the oppressed, but the oppressed are classifying themselves; by saying statements like “black lives matter” which is 100% true, you are now excluding anyone that isn't black and covertly saying their lives do not matter; only my own kind. The sad part is that from the beginning of time, we have been a mix, the U.S is a melting pot, where religions, races, and gender have freedom to express themselves. This freedom however, is regurgitating back into times where division was the stats-quo. I think we have to stop being ignorant, and see people as human beings, not as a color or a race. Its time to united together, and let go of silly traditions that hold us back.

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  15. Jasmine Campos LongoriaDecember 5, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    What do you think it will take for racial equality to finally be achieved in the U.S? Why?
    Honestly I dot know what it will take for rational equality. The U.S. has gotten pretty far, but there has always been so much racism and you can see it everywhere. In schools, stores, tv. And now it might be hard to achieve racial equality because of our new president. People need to realize that the color of our skin really does not matter, it doesn't dictate who we are. People need to stop being compared to stereotypes, because at the end of the day, everyone is capable of their own choices and not everyone is the same. The mistake of one colored person does not make that the mistake of every other colored person. I don't understand how people can think they are superior to others based on the color of their skin. That really doesn't matter, we are all the same on the inside.


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  16. Jeriel Estevez GarciaDecember 5, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    I don't think that there's anything that there can be done to either erase or achieve real equality. it's basically impossible More laws can be passed by the government, like when slavery was abolished and when the Civil Rights Act was passed. But look at some areas, mainly the former Confederate states, that claim that the flag resembles heritage, while it's really just a message of hate. People that think that way will raise their children like that and this way of thinking will continue from generation to generation. We can make less people think this way but we can't get every American to. By the way, we elected Donald Trump as our next president, so it really shows that we are a lot further to even coming close to racial equality than we think.

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  17. inequality was supposed to stop a lot of time ago, but you know that is something that we as humans are used to it. we are used to be treated as whatever and not to have the respect we deserve as humans. inequality is something that is never going to stop nor in United States or in another country. this is something that nobody or nothing can stop it, people choose to be treated wrong they dont fight for what is theirs. and you know because of that, this government have us in the floor and thats what we accept, what others say we are or what others want us to bw. we are so used to it that we dont even get to know when there is inequality with us or not, cause we dont mind anymore and those people already know how to treat us.

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  18. Cristian Carrero MedinaDecember 5, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    What do you think it will take for racial equality to finally be achieved in the U.S? Why?

    We have to understand what racial equality is. Racial equality is an equal regard to all races. It can refer to a belief in biological equality of all human races, and it can also refer to social equality for people of different races. Racial equality is a stated goal of most current political movements. We can mention that February is Black History Month, celebrating the lives and contributions of African-Americans in the United States. And we can say that racial discrimination persists across America. Martin Luther King Jr. made a speech that was titled “I Have a Dream” with the purpose of having equality in the United States of America. But that’s something that it’s not achieved now. We can said many stuff about that topic buy sincerely there’s people that persist racist and don’t want any people of other color, be treated like them. We can mention the incident with Rosa Parks that she refuses to gives her seat at the bus to a white person and she gets arrested. So that’s something that came from the past and for me still happening.

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  19. David A. Corrales BerumenDecember 5, 2016 at 6:34 PM

    I don’t think racial equality will ever be achieved. We have come a long way, however, we are so far from achieving complete equality. As long as minorities as a whole keep on referring to ourselves as such, we will continue to feel inferior to the white “majority”. The word “minority” means less. Therefore, if we keep on using this word, we will continue to act as if we are not as deserving for being “less”. Another way we separate ourselves from our white fellow Americans is that we do not completely let go of our heritage. Whatever it is that we consider ourselves first, is what segregates us from being a complete American. For instance, we have African-American, Mexican-American, Asian-American, etc. White Americans never identify themselves as German-American, English-American, Irish-American and so on. They are just Americans! Perhaps the trend to identify what kind of American within the minority groups was established by white Americans, but we have not done anything to change that mentality in recent years. Minorities have tremendous pride of their heritage. A heritage that has nothing to do with America and everything to do with a foreign land. We don’t let go of our culture, our language and our food. This also segregates us from white America. It seems like we don’t want to be part of it. As long as minorities hold on to their roots we will never accept ourselves as full Americans and white Americans will never accept us.

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  20. Hugo C. Gregorio BustosDecember 5, 2016 at 7:07 PM

    Turns out the American Dream may not be for everyone. A new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that a family's race, economic background and neighborhood play a role in economic mobility. The study finds that while 84% of Americans have higher incomes than their parents did at the same age, those born at the top and bottom of the income ladder are likely to stay there. When it comes to race, African-Americans are less likely to top their parents' income and wealth than whites are. And blacks are more likely to be stuck at the bottom of the ladder or fall out of the middle. This study couldn't even measure black mobility in the upper income levels because the number was too small. Recent Census Bureau data shows that white Americans have 22 times more wealth than blacks. Twenty-two times. In 2010 the median household net worth for whites was about $111,000 compared to less than $5,000 for blacks. Whites also have 15 times more wealth than hispanics. This wealth inequality is due to many factors including the implosion of the real estate market along with higher unemployment rates among minority groups. Statistics like these are one of the many reasons why President Obama is such an historical figure. He is america's first ever African-American president - with a background that certainly wasn't privileged. But Mr. Obama is the exception, not the rule. And the rule is, if you're born poor, you're probably going to stay that way.

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  21. Daniel Robles BarriosDecember 5, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    In the actuality the laws estipulate that they are equal to everybody and said that every human is made equal. In the case of the Negros, they have overcome many difficulties throughout history to achieve equality. This is originated because in the past people of dark skin where slaves and the whiter people thought that that where better than the black people. Color people had to fight for their rights and the first thing they fight for was their liberty. After so much war and blood they achieve there liberty and slavery came to an end, but they have a long road ahead to achieve equality. The next thing they had to fight was for their equality in jobs and voting process. Thanks to Martin Luther King a lot of this rights where made to color people. I think that laws are very clear in the equality that everybody has. The problem is that a lot time people don’t respect the laws and don’t respect other people; judging them by their color. This people are ignorant and racists because they think that they are better than others and the truth is that we are all created equal. It is very sad to still see people that behave this way. Something that we can do to change this and impact the people’s behavior is being an example, because laws can said something but people don’t respect them.

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  22. I am not from the USA, but I can understand that there is a lot of racism. I think there must be a change of thoughts, this is not going to change if people do not want to change their racist thoughts. And this begins at house with the parents, you have to teach your children to love their neighbor do not matter their race, if you are black, white or Latino, Indian, Chinese, etc. That they can learn to get along with others. So that when these children’s grows, these thoughts can already be part of them. I think people should be made aware of this, this topic because this will help them to respect and treat others, as they would like people to treat them. This can change if you decide to change the way you think and leave the prejudices aside.

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