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Racism in America
Many people believe that racism is an issue of the past, or that it is “not that bad” anymore. Well, as much as we wish that could be the case, the unfortunate truth is that it isn’t. Racism is just as prominent in America’s culture today, though much of it is more subtle and internalized than racism in the past. In fact, much of today’s racist thoughts, actions, and words are so normalized, that many don’t even seem to realize that they’re racist! (Ever asked someone: “Where are you really from” or “Do you have a normal name, or just an Asian one”?)
While attitudes toward African Americans has been on an upward trend, the general white American attitude toward Asians has not been too great, and unfortunately, that translates over to their views of Asian Americans as well.
A national survey conducted in April reveals that “overall 25 percent of those surveyed had very negative attitudes toward Chinese Americans.” Now, you may ask, “But that’s just Chinese! What about the other ethnic groups?” Well, apparently, according to another survey of 1,216 randomly telephoned Americans, they just don’t see a difference. The results of asking about Chinese Americans and asking about Asian Americans were “nearly identical,” because many Americans simply group everyone together into a single entity.
The Committee of 100, a group of “prominent Chinese Americans,” as well as the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, paired together to conduct these surveys. They want the results to serve as a “wake-up call” to all Americans. Racism is not a thing of the past, and we all have to work together to move past this deep-rooted issue.