Racism is a type of discrimination based on a persons` skin complexion. The most common type of racial discrimination is against black people. For decades, black people, mainly in the United States, have felt the blow of racism. Protests against anti-Black racism are happening across the world (Harrison, 2021). The effects racism has had on black people living in the U.S. are systemic and interpersonal. It is a social problem since it causes negative social, mental, financial, and educational effects.
Firstly, Americans should take to the streets and protest against this type of discrimination. The rate of police killing and excessive force in the United States is much higher than in any other country in the world (Harrison, 2021). George Floyd’s killing during a protest is the most recent case that has spiked international reaction against racism. The 46-year-old black man was killed after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a police officer. As a developed country – the U.S. shows profoundly high excessive force levels (Harrison, 2021). The chances of police killing the blacks in America during protests are high. As a result, white people should team up with their fellow African-Americans to protest against racial inequality, reducing the harm inflicted on them during police violence.
Also, talking to children and the youth about racism. With the development of social media, it is not easy to control content children access nowadays. There is no doubt that most children have turned out to be racially learned this on the internet. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite (Clayton et al., 2021). Additionally, by teaching them about influential black people, they can take up role models. For example, Nelson Mandela, the first president of South Africa, or even buying them books with black protagonists. It should be done during the formative years.
Harrison, W. (2021). It’s time to end racism in our profession: an open letter to the New Zealand medical community. N.Z. M J, 134(1535), 91-92.
Clayton, D. M., Moore, S. E., & Jones-Eversley, S. D. (2021). A Historical Analysis of Racism Within the U.S. Presidency: Implications for African Americans and the Political Process. Journal of African American Studies, 1-19.