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Prejudice and Discrimination

In today’s society, we live in a world of complex issues. We are facing the difficult decisions in every day life’s tribulations. In particular, America has been plagued by prejudice and discrimination.

Oppression has been defined as the following:

*It is institutional power that is historically formed and perpetuated over time;

*It allows certain “groups” of people to assume a dominate position over “other groups” and this dominance is maintained and continued at an institutional level.

This means discrimination is built into the branches of government and education systems.

In the last two hundred years, great strides have been made in order to create equality amongst the many different minorities that inhabit our great country. Periods such as the Civil rights movement have been successful in reducing the amount of oppression, but have failed in creating equality for all races. For example, white Americans’ still have the overwhelming control of all aspects of our society.

So in conclusion, racial oppression has played a major role in shaping America today. Although progress has been made to eradicate this from society it still remains one of the most important issues today. Only through education and informing the public can we totally overcome this atrocity.


Edmund S. Evensen


Resources: The Washington post.com, Power, Privilege, and OppressionIgnite.com, What states can do to stop racial discrimination by Hans A. Von Spakovsky and Roger Clegg. 

On Civil Rights

The civil rights movement, at it’s core, began in the 1770’s when colonists in the thirteen colonies fought for their rights against Great Britain. During this time, a war was fought between the United States and Great Britain, and upon emerging victorious, the United States wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This document included a Bill of Rights and several articles that were meant to give all Americans a set of equal rights.

Since then, many civil rights movements have emerged. All of these movements were successful to some degree, and all of them failed to completely provide equal rights for that particular demographic. Despite any differences in any of the groups that advocated for civil rights, the rights they demanded were all the same. All of the rights being fought for at the time, and to this day, revolved around equality.

This idea of equality goes back to the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. One of these movements was the black rights movement, which eventually led to the Civil Rights Act being passed in 1964. One could argue that thus, the movement was successful. However, even today, there is still plenty of discrimination against blacks in the United States. Does this then mean that the movement failed despite all it’s efforts? No. Although not everything that was being sought after by the movement was achieved, a lot was achieved.

Another example of this same result is the woman’s rights movement. Although woman are now equal to men in many ways, there is still discrimination against them based on their gender. Whether it be unspoken social rules and etiquette to measurable, tangible discrimination, like unequal pay amongst men and women doing the same jobs.

The reason those movements achieved so much but still failed to completely provide equality to everyone living in America is because so long as there is new generations of Americans forming their own personal opinions on how rights should be granted, these movements will never be over. For every civil rights activist fighting for equality, there will always be someone with an apposing opinion trying to stop these movements.

No civil rights movement either completely failed or completely succeeded, nor will it ever. At least that’s what history’s taught us so far.