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Yes, it's endemic. No, not really.
Debate Score:30
Arguments:18
Total Votes:63
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Is Racism A Problem In America?

With a multi-racial President, media hype about cartoons, and the Attorney General describing Americans as "cowards" for his suggested racial divide, is race still an issue in the US? Are these just politicians making hay?

 

For your consideration:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090219/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/holder_race

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/02/21/chimp.cartoon/index.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO214IFRW1M

Yes, it's endemic.

Side Score: 17
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No, not really.

Side Score: 13
2 points

It's programmed into children at young ages. Something as simple as being afraid to drive past a bad [black] neighborhood, the idea that integrated classrooms are a bad idea, that hip hop music is not a form of music, parents and teachers program this to children.

Is it worse than any other country? Not necessarily, but it's still a huge problem.

Side: Yes, it's endemic.
2 points

I don't even believe that it's a product of hate so much anymore, it's really about ignorance and intolerance. The idea that we're all different and that it's a bad thing, the idea that some people are genetically better than others, it's all nonsense--yet people STILL believe it. Racism makes people fell uncomfortable, everyone is always very quick to tell you that they have a black friend, or they've been to Spain, they COULDN'T be racist...it's still a problem. It's within the workplace, the schools, the government, to deny its existence is to ensure its survival.

Side: Yes, it's endemic.
1 point

The population has seen enough of it. We live in the 21st century the racist people need to get in the game! There are people like Rush who are very racist it would not surprise me if he says I want Obama dead because he is racist and will be going to hell because of it.

(Sorry about getting off topic but I hate racist people)

Side: Yes, it's endemic.
1 point

Yes I think so, I know Americans may say that racism is gone but it is not

Side: Yes, it's endemic.
0 points

I believe it's an act of fear and hatred towards other races, often separating us even more than we already are. The media doesn't help any either, their negative cartoons and TV Shows brainwash America's youth into believing that other races are bad. Sometimes these people do it because of the need to feel different from other people, but no matter what form it happens in, it bothers me.

Side: Yes, it's endemic.
-1 points

It's not a huge problem, but where I live, I drive by the low income housing a lot, and I'd say 90% of the people that live there are black. Almost all of the black people I know are not as wealthy, and do not lead as prosperous lives as white people in this country. I find this terrible, yet, I am not surprised.

Side: Yes, it's endemic.
-2 points
0 points

Of course not. It's as much as a problem in America as it is in any other developed country. The people are just thinking as they ALWAYS do... we can't stop races from being stereotypical and we can't stop others from thinking personally about those stereotypes.

But races have equality of all kinds. The government does not discriminate based on race. And discrimination based on race in businesses is ILLEGAL.

Really, the only problem racism has in America is the activists who constantly want to point the finger at someone else for their problems. They blame it on racism, but they're too afraid to blame it on the real problem, THEMSELVES.

People like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are parasites. They keep the truth buried because they know that they're too stupid to come up with any real solutions to REAL problems. So they just say that the white man is oppressing the minorities. It's the white man's fault that there's a 50% drop out rate among African American students. It's the white mans' fault that 6 black students almost MURDERED an innocent white student. It's always the white man's fault.

Side: No, not really.
0 points

down vote with no rebuttal.

obviously this means that who ever down voted me didn't know how to prove me wrong... probably cause they knew i was right and couldn't face the truth.

typical.

Side: No, not really.
1 point

someone's really bent on making this side seem like there's less points. just random down votes with no rebuttal.

Side: No, not really.
AndrewJ(42) Disputed
0 points

why are you so hung up on the votes ......just chill who gives a flip

Side: Yes, it's endemic.
HGrey87(750) Disputed
-1 points

There's less racism here than really any other country, but it is still a problem.

While public policy is colorblind, the status quo is still very pro-white. The government as an institution doesn't discriminate (aside from affirmative action, which is pretty damn racist itself), but the people in it do. The only public institution that has fully addressed the race issue is the military.

You're right about Sharpton and Jackson. But really, black problems in America are because of whites. The influences are much weaker nowadays, and could feasibly be overcome with education. But what whites set in motion- little education and money for blacks-- has taken on a life of its own, and is so embedded in black culture that it will be hard to overcome.

Then there are such issues as crack/cocaine penalties, the prison-industrial complex, etc which really DO seem to keep minorities down. Really, the only thing that doesn't get the short end of the stick in this country is money and commerce. Pretty much everything else suffers from being subjugated to its benefit.

Side: Yes, it's endemic.
ThePyg(6743) Disputed
1 point

Crack kills a lot faster and is a lot cheaper. and is usually sold in much lesser quantities.

of course it will require less in order to be considered a felony amount.

Side: No, not really.
-1 points

No, not really. I hate everybody the same amount ;)

Side: I hate everyone the same amount
-1 points

no, it is not racism is human nature we need to embrace this simple fact, you get rid of racism, you get rid of human,

there is a philosopher um.. i cant remember his name at the moment but he said that with peace you need war there always has to be polar opposites with out this the human brain fails and humans die, so no it is not a problem, it is a necessity

Side: no we need it
-1 points

Racism still exists in America, obviously. But I don't think it's really a problem anymore. There are still rare cases that make it to the news, but no where near what the 1960's and 1950's were.

Side: No, not really.
HGrey87(750) Disputed
0 points

Let me guess, you're white? If you're not, you're in the upper class. Am I correct?

Just because you don't run into racism, or you don't see it on the news, doesn't mean it isn't there.

Side: Yes, it's endemic.
-2 points