Racism is an inevitable force that is infinite. In George Orwell’s famous book, Animal Farm, he said, “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” (qtd. in Goodreads).
Technically, human beings are animals. People are told they are equal despite their skin color; yet certain groups of people have been treated better than others for centuries.
Dating as far back as the 1600s, racism has been present and ever since there have been countless incidents of racist behavior from one race targeted towards another. Racism is infinite because it was present in the 1600s and is still existent today.
History is filled with different incidents of racist acts targeted at numerous ethnic groups. The idea of classifying people into different genres of race began when Carolus Linnaeus, a European scientist, published a classification system that was applied to human beings (RACE – History- Timeline Articles).
During the slave trade, which began around the 1640s, Africans were transported as cargo for four centuries and taken to the Arab world and the Americas as slaves (Adi).
Thomas Jefferson, once a president of America, was a slave owner who said, “blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind” (qtd. in RACE – History- Timeline Articles).
Racism also drove the Ottoman Turks to massacre over one million Armenians in an attempt to rid the Ottoman Empire (modern-day Turkey) of non-Turkish citizens and to create a homogenous people. This carnage of non-Muslim inhabitants of the Ottoman Empire is known as the Armenian genocide (“1915 Genocide- Frequently Asked Questions”).
The elimination of over one million Armenians is nothing compared to the masses killed during the Holocaust. Hitler killed approximately 17 million innocent people, the majority of which were Jews, by the end of World War II; the Nazis believed that the Jews were the cause of all their troubles and their loss of World War I (qtd. in “World War II”). Racism is still present in our society today.
Racism in 21st century
Racism’s presence in the 21st century is widespread and affects a lot of ethnicities. According to WPC, an organization that is part of the African- American civil rights movement, “white privilege is the other side of racism… an asset that makes it more likely that whatever talent, ability, and aspirations a person with privilege has will result in something positive for them” (qtd. in “What is White Privilege?”).
Most of the time, white people are unaware that they are being racist and do not realize the perks of their skin color because “white skin privilege is an [unconscious] preference for whiteness that saturates our society” (Holladay).
Tamir Rice, a young black boy, was killed on the spot while holding a toy gun because officers saw him as a ‘threat;’ many view this as an act of racism. Remarkably, the officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir did not face any charges; neither did the other officer who was with him (Fantz, Almasy, Shotchet).
Racism now isn’t only directed towards blacks, the rude manner in which Turks are treated in Germany makes them feel inferior. Approximately 56 percent of the Turkish population live in Germany, and of them, 45% of respondents to a survey dispersed said that they planned to move back to Turkey. Despite being educated and learning the national language, German Turks are tired of being treated like “second class citizens… they have more opportunities outside of Germany” (Crossland). Racism is an inevitable force that is infinite.
Racism will never end because of how long it has been around for. Discrimination against certain groups of people due to the color of their skin has been long existent and so far persistent. According to Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, “racism will never end as long as those who don’t pay their bills are blacklisted and not whitelisted” (qtd. in Nairaland).