Racism in America

Please take a second and reflect on your personal actions in regard to other races or racism. Do you typically allow yourself to think through a situation before shouting out comments in a situation based on racism? With little statistics or reports on our instincts and how that plays a role in our actions toward racism, this article will look at Mexican, African-American, Asian, and Middle Eastern or Muslin racism in American society, and try to look at human instincts as a means to accelerating racism incidents.  

America Instincts on Mexican Racism

Here in America we allowed and accepted Mexican people into the country and for the most part, we welcomed them. Society becomes used to certain types of workers that help the economy to move. There was an article written by Earth Integrations called Societal Norms and outlined thoughts on how society shifts cultivate belonging to a society. Social norms are prominent in every society and culture. In America, Mexican’s have become a part of the social norm. American culture respects their work ethic, their way of life, love their food, and believes and welcomes them in American society. Where it becomes a grey area is, the social norm has adopted Mexican American life as a lower class and unprivileged race. Regardless of social norm, this is racism. There are well to do and upper-class Mexican Americans, however, primarily, Mexican American’s are laborer’s and if they are lucky, own a nice small restaurant that does well.  Furthermore, the grey area extends to a stereotype that most Mexican American’s are not Americans at all due to the social norm not becoming a citizen and being an illegal immigrant and not paying taxes or owning up to becoming an American and fully adopting American life is not a priority for most Mexican’s.

Mexican Americans being lower class laborer’s and not becoming an American citizen is not only a social norm, but, it reflects our status quo in America, and has become a view based on racism. For all the hype about Mexican immigration in America, there isn’t easy and accessible statistics about these immigrants and partly due to them being undocumented. In an article by NPR called The Truth about America’s Illegal Immigrants, they found about 11 million, or 3.5 percent of the total U.S. population is illegal immigrants. This is not specific to Mexican Americans. After years of Mexican Americans coming to America, working as a laborer, not becoming American citizens, and typically, staying in the lower class of American society, our human instincts quickly can, will, and does take over when in situations that may make us angry. Instincts can allow us to make comments based on racism. No matter if we like, and or don’t dislike Mexican’s, racism still exists even in a subtle way and many times we allow our instincts to expose these types of feelings.  


American Instincts on African-America Racism

African-American’s have always been instinctively looked down upon in America due to how they came into the country and were sold here as slaves. Regardless if you don’t view yourself or act on racism in a negative way, instinctively, we still can quickly judge. For example, imagine you are waiting in line at an airport and hear someone nagging behind you. You look back and see an African-American and think; It figures it is a black man. Or hear a man shot on TV, and quickly think it was a black shooter. There are many situations we can think of, but, we hear and see it all the time. The article The Scope of Hate in 2017 written by the New York Times is about 2 black college students stabbed and killed, and a third wounded. The students were actually trying to defend 2 Muslim women who were being yelled at by another man screaming racism slurs.  These black students were doing right and were killed for it. Whether the man was white, black, Mexican, or Middle-Eastern decent doesn’t matter here as two women of Muslim descent were injured and yelled at, and two black men were killed from racism remarks. Although the man was yelling at the women, his instincts toward African-American racism pushed him to kill two black college students.  


American Instincts on Asian Racism

Asian-American people statistically are not bollard nearly as much as any other race in America. Typically, even more so that Mexican’s, Asian-American’s are quiet, keep to themselves, and tend to stray away from conflict. That doesn’t mean people don’t bother them or think to themselves many awful things. Even if it is a compliment, many times you might hear someone say, “They’re just really smart and probably will get the job over me”. Well, that is a comment built on racism. And that isn’t going to win you the job thinking like that. Unlike other races in America, Asians seem to be a little more characterized and categorized.

For example, the article The Asian-American Awakening: That Moment When You Realize You’re Not White, is about a 5-year-old Asian-American girl who lived more of a white American lifestyle and went to a typical school until she was sent to an English as a Second language school. The problem here is, this five years old Asian spoke great English and it was primarily her first language as well as her reading skills were advanced to the point of reading novels by the age of 5. If anything, she should have been placed in an advanced English program and a Mandarin course for that matter. Instead, being she was really shy and quiet, and Asian, she was placed in such a program and categorized quickly. Whether we like to believe it or not, this is racism.  


American Instincts on Middle Eastern (Muslin) Racism

We could say that there have been many wars involved with America and countries from the middle east. Up until the 9/11 attacks, it didn’t seem as though there was outspoken racism toward middle eastern or Muslin people. Individually, there surely was racism in America toward middle eastern people. But, in America, it may not have been different or more biased than Mexican, Asian, or even African-Americans and most middle eastern people were quiet and typically stayed away from conflict as well. After 9/11, there are so many incidents from middle eastern “Terrorists” or radicals that have created anarchy and outspoken racism from Muslim people and all others against them. In America, racism against people who even looked at first glance at who may have looked like a “Muslim” are now victimized and quickly looked at as bad people.  

This article is called; Do instincts reflect racism in America? Without giving personal bias when writing this article, it seems with the little research within just this article alone that when racism conflict arises it accelerates quickly. Therefore, we can logically infer that our instincts do take part in racism. Does it make racism worse? We would need stronger sample sizes, but, it looks to be a part of the equation. Allowing our emotions and instincts to take over too quickly isn’t good for many situations. For something as emotional as racism, it is even more important to be careful, slow yourself down, and allow yourself to control your instincts and get better at discussing issues with respect. And if you are reading this and are telling yourself, well, this doesn’t affect me. Ask yourself, do you not feel awkward watching the news with situations like this? Do you think it’s ok? If you found yourself in a situation based on any of these things, do you feel there is no point to help resolve the racism problem? Even if you feel you want nothing to do with any of this, try and ask yourself, have I ever been hurt for any reason at all? Did it feel good? Probably not. Then try without force and anger explaining how whatever situation you are in, that it’s wrong and please stop. And simply walk away. Thank you!

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