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  • Unfortunately, I believe so.

    Certainly not nearly to the capacity of the past, but yes. The white straight male is what represents power and strength, whether in the media or implied. We are definitely working towards empowerment of other races, genders and sexual orientations, etc. However, even the normal model or picture perfect American on television is white. We find it unusual to find black or Hispanic faces representing products or media...And to me, that symbolizes that we haven't achieved a near equal forum of diversity to date.

  • Yes, look at the South

    Just look around, people are spouting racist words everday, I don't think I havent heard the "n#gger" word atleast once everyday of my life. Also, take a visit down South, you'll see the Confederate flag flying everywhere, this alone still shows the hate towards the African Americans in the country. Also, Neo Nazi's and KKK members are allowed hold parades, any Non-Racist country would outlaw them from doing anything.

  • Racism is here

    There are still hate groups all across the southern states such as "KKK" which has anywhere from 10-50 thousand members? I'm gonna talk more about the southern states than the northern states because the southern states seem to be holding more of the extremist and ignorant racist people. I have talked to a lot of southerners about interracial marriage and a lot are either against it or just don't like it. To me anybody who is interracial marriages and relationships they are racist. There are neighborhoods in big cities where a white person can't set one foot in. So yes racism is still strong even if science has prove every race to have the same brain capacity and intelligence.

  • You can't ever get rid of it

    It's just human nature. People will always prefer to stick with people that are like them and you can't force people to integrate. If you force people it will just increase tensions. Also minorities are just as racist to other races as whites are. It seems like now whites can't even be proud of their heritage like minorities are or else it's considered racist.

  • Yes! Of course it is!

    The mere fact that we are even discussing it means it still it! When it is no longer seen as a novelty to have a non-white president and our federal, state, and local legislatures directly or proportionally reflect the diverse racial population of their constituents, then racism MIGHT be gone.

  • Yes, in some parts.

    I mean, the American Civil War did divide most opinions into mostly different sides and sections of the country. Most people I know in the South aren't racist but then, the people I know who are in the South and are racist are REALLY racist. And mostly some odd religion I'm not a part of, we all are entitled to opinions but I do believe so yes, some of the population. And you really can't say No.

  • Well, sort of.

    Well, I wouldn't say America in itself is racist. However, racism will never go away. There will still be racist individuals all around the world, and America isn't an exception. Like I said, the country in itself isn't racist (because not everyone in the country is racist). Racism exists everywhere.

  • America is still very much racist

    Most modern racism comes in the form of freely moving immigrants from other parts of the world. Racism today still has harsh undertones, including the unemployment of many migrant workers who will benefit both themselves and the economy of the country he/she so chooses to work in. Its purely a matter of people not believing someone else can be in their spot.

  • There are still racist schools

    In the south, there are still racist schools discriminating against blacks. People repetitively use the n word, base people on stereotypes of their race, and separate into groups; the whites staying away from the blacks and the blacks staying away from the whites. More Black people are in poverty than white people are as well.

  • The racism needs to stop

    While we are in our houses innoccent blacks are getting arrested and killed and there is nothing to do about it because if we try to we might get arrested. Its unfair. The whites that murdered raped or robbed are being set free. The blacks can be driving down the road and get killed just cause they are black

  • Not as a whole

    While racism does exist in America in individuals, groups, and even regions, it does not exist in the majority of the American population. If it did, we would still see widespread race riots. As a Hispanic, I have overwhelmingly received fair and equal treatment from every ethnic group I have yet to encounter. The American population as a whole is far more accepting than discriminatory, therefore America as a whole is not still racist.

  • A democratic nation should not be judged by the vocal minority.

    The reason why we see racist comments towards non white and recently even towards white Americans is because only racist people would make these remarks. Many people are sensible enough to realise that racism is wrong and racism is quick to be recognised and maybe not punished but definitely condemned.

  • Law protects and definition

    Laws make it impossible to be openly racist. People can be in their minds racist. Also before you go to into it you define what racism is. Is it discrimination on how you look or is it how you act? If a white acts like a "Black" then he might be looked down upon or not. If a black acts like a "White" then he might be doing just fine or he will be thought poorly of. But in the law sense openly discriminate based on race, sexual orientation, gender, color of hair, ect. People can still think poorly they just can't show it.

  • Law protects and definition

    Laws make it impossible to be openly racist. People can be in their minds racist. Also before you go to into it you define what racism is. Is it discrimination on how you look or is it how you act? If a white acts like a "Black" then he might be looked down upon or not. If a black acts like a "White" then he might be doing just fine or he will be thought poorly of. But in the law sense openly discriminate based on race, sexual orientation, gender, color of hair, ect. People can still think poorly they just can't show it.

  • Law protects and definition

    Laws make it impossible to be openly racist. People can be in their minds racist. Also before you go to into it you define what racism is. Is it discrimination on how you look or is it how you act? If a white acts like a "Black" then he might be looked down upon or not. If a black acts like a "White" then he might be doing just fine or he will be thought poorly of. But in the law sense openly discriminate based on race, sexual orientation, gender, color of hair, ect. People can still think poorly they just can't show it.

  • Law protects and definition

    Laws make it impossible to be openly racist. People can be in their minds racist. Also before you go to into it you define what racism is. Is it discrimination on how you look or is it how you act? If a white acts like a "Black" then he might be looked down upon or not. If a black acts like a "White" then he might be doing just fine or he will be thought poorly of. But in the law sense openly discriminate based on race, sexual orientation, gender, color of hair, ect. People can still think poorly they just can't show it.

  • Not everyone and we are acting against it

    Just because some people think it is funny to be racist, does not signify that america itself is racist. I know several people who are racist to others and even themselves but just because they are it should make america racist? Lots of people on youtube, social media, and in life are racist but america still fights against it

  • You Can't Call a Few "America"

    I believe that this argument is flawed because to judge a whole nation by the comments or actions of just few regardless of the number is to racist and prejudice to begin with. Do I believe that we have racist people? Yes, I see it all the time, and it's in every ethnicity. All sorts of demeaning and derogatory names being used, but people believe and feel how they want. As for America, I think there are many like myself who believe that we are all equal regardless of how others or the media would want to portray it. If the debate was "are there racial barriers preventing people from being successful" then I would say hands down no. We have an African American president. Thurgood Marshall served as a supreme court justice. Bill Cosby is one of the greatest comedian/actors ever. It's all how you look at it. If you look for the negative you'll find it. If people really want to be successful, they'll get there. There is that mindset that says my problems are someone else's fault, which is the real problem in America. It's not a race. It's a growing belief that's bred a very lazy and proud of it lifestyle.

  • American society is not

    With some exceptions, racism has largely been done away with in American society. There are still racist, some in some powerful positions, unfortunately, but overall it's incredibly taboo to even be xenophobic in American society, let alone full-blown racist. Racism has largely been defeated, and that is a good thing.

  • No, the majority isn't.

    "Is America still racist?" implies that, if the answer is "yes", the majority of the American population today still adheres to the racism that the population has expressed in the past. This is false.
    Yes, the KKK is present in the United States today. However, do they embody all American beliefs and represent the country as a whole? Of course not.


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AnonyFeline says2013-05-27T10:57:24.697
America still suffers from institutionalized racism, white privilege, and racial segregation. Go to any larger city and it would be quite easy to find which neighborhoods are considered gang areas or poverty stricken or ghettoes, and more likely than not, will not be white. Go to a middle class "yuppie" suburb, and you will find non-whites in much lesser numbers than whites. Go to any Ivy League or "Upper Crust" University and a majority of the legacy admissions and legacy scholarships are given to white individuals, despite their merit. Those detained and incarcerated by authorities are quite disproportionally non-white. Employers have been found to prefer white sounding names on job applications and resumes than non-white sounding names (Tim Wise).

Not too long ago, Arizona passed a law where any police officer could more easily profile, detain, and request documentation from anyone they suspected of being a non-documented individual. The problem with this is that a legal individual who looked to be from south of the border, would most probably have a greater chance of being unjustly detained than an illegal individual from Northern or Western Europe. That is the most superficial form of racism there is. The governor who signed this Arizona bill into law, Jan Brewer, instigated a visit form The President due to its questionable constitutionality, and upon his arrival was disrespectfully scolded and pointed at him like a child. Imagine this being done to any other high office political figure, and it is quite difficult to fathom the amount of disrespect for both the man and the office. Many people tend to forget the American President is actually half white, but still attribute him to be black a black African Kenyan, despite being born in Hawaii, raised in Indonesia, and educated in Chicago. If any other president was depicted as a barbarian (e.G. Sub-saharan African bushman for Obama), would we as a culture and the administration give it a pass so easily? Given Bush was labeled as a cowboy, but the fact was, he actually WAS a cowboy. Obama has never claimed to be a sub-Saharan african, aside from his genetic heritage. Keith Ellison has been the first and only muslim congressman ever to have been elected into office.

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J recently released a song titled "Accidental Racist" that attempts to build a bridge between the Antebellum South mindset and the intercity Hip Hop culture in order to mend the sins of the past and the lack of acknowledgement of those sins in the present. Racism still exists if musical artists still feel the need to address it in order for them and their fans to better understand it. Only last year, Django Unchained and Lincoln were released, and caused quite an the controversy and discussion in the media. If America was no longer racist, then those films would not have generated the amount of attention they did.

Lance Armstrong changed the world of bicycle racing and was an amazing inspiration to athletes, cancer suffers, cancer survivors, and children. He raised vast amounts of money for this charitable causes, but when he was discovered to have cheated by doping himself with performance enhancing drugs, it was quite soon forgiven by the public. When a non-white Tiger Woods was found to have cheated on his wife multiple times, he was all but crucified for his infidelity and it was quickly attributed to his non-whiteness. Also, despite Woods' equal Black, White, Asian, and Native American heritage, he is still labeled as white. The basketball player Jeremy Lin was ignored for the draft and college scholarship, and once given a chance, dominated the court to where even Kobe Bryant expressed that his talent was overlooked because of his non-whiteness and non-blackness.

Today, interracial couples are still seen as outside the norm, as opposed to just being another couple. Some Evangelical Christian groups still believe it to be a sin. The Catholic Church recently appointed a new pope. Over 22% of the American population is Catholic, so it is an important issue to a large chunk of the US (and world) population. He is the first non-white (non-european) pope in over 1300 years. This would not be mentioned if it were not significant.

New York City has had a "stop and frisk" policy implemented for the past few years. Only after a recent inquiry did they discover the severe disproportionately high non-white to white alleged suspects, mostly detained on flimsy probable cause.

Native Americans were mostly displaced throughout European Colonization, and yet get very little financial aid, benefits, and opportunities compared to our National wealth.

If we examine the two parties in the American political system, we see a severe disparity in racial diversity between them. If one was as equally diverse as the other, or at least nearly equally diverse, then the issues being debated would be about our common societal benefit and be less drawn by political and racial (and sexual and religious) lines. Racism is slowly being phased out at a snail's pace, but it still exists, alive and well, in many forms in America.
AnonyFeline says2013-05-29T06:21:38.530
One of our time's most talented and successful actors had to create a stage name in order to get the respect he deserved, and even to be considered for a gig. By looking at him (and his sons) you would think he was a good ole white American [Irishman]. By simply changing his name from one of Hispanic origin to one that sounds more Anglican, he changed the path of his career from a pool stagnation to an uphill flowing river. He was given the name Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez is now better known as Martin Sheen. Now, the question is: Would Ramon have been given all the jobs given to Martin? Maybe, but probably not. More importantly: Would a more Hispanic looking and darker skinned Martin Sheen been even looked at for those parts? Most probably not. This is white privilege. A (generally) white sounding name and a white looking guy getting particular consideration because of his Anglican name and more caucasian appearance. (Other similar name changes: Rita Hayworth, Vanna White, Bruno Mars, Raquel Welch, Joanna Kerns)
AnonyFeline says2013-05-29T07:49:32.820
The following link speaks for itself:

http://abcnews.Go.Com/blogs/headlines/2013/04/new-jersey-woman-sues-cvs-for-1m-for-racist-receipt/