Is Racial Tension Increasing In America And Across The Globe?

September 22, 2011
Written by Janice S. Ellis... in
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Despite global misconceptions, racism is not disappearing, it is however, rearing its ugly head for the next generation, and we must stop it from destroying more lives. Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes) source

Hardly a day goes by without some report of a racially-motivated incident. They often cut across age and socio-economic class. They are not confined to urban ghettos, but often include suburban neighborhoods, hamlets, soccer fields and country clubs.

These occurrences rarely make the evening news or the front pages of newspapers. But they beg for our attention nonetheless.

Just this week alone, we saw incidents of racial graffiti plastered across buildings on a Montana university campus, and on homes in New Hampshire. On Monday, a student at the University of Montana found a white supremacy bumper sticker on the door of a Native American Center. Last week, they discovered discriminatory messages stuffed into books in the African-American section of the university’s library.

In Concord, New Hampshire, the FBI responded to investigate three incidents of messages left on homes calling the families who lived in them “subhuman.” The homes were those of African immigrants. On the positive side, white neighbors, appalled by the messages, helped to remove them.

But the United States is not the only country where such incidents occur. In the United Kingdom, racist graffiti was scrawled on the entrance of a beauty salon, t and on a welcome sign at a popular park. While these incidents targeted blacks, the UK has also found itself in the throw of racist comments against Indians and Asians. Most notably, the incidents that occurred at the polo club where Prince Charles is a member.

Racial insensitivity is also playing out on the cosmetic and confectionary stages, resulting in companies pulling the packaging and advertising that some groups find offensive.

Racial slurs are not confined to older generations who should know better. They pervade cyberspace where the very young dwell. The results of an Associated Press-MTV poll released this week shows that teens and young adults often use and tolerate racial and derogatory names and slurs. While the young people acknowledge that use of such discriminatory words is wrong, 54 percent still think it is fine to use them among friends.

The poll found that the derogatory language frequently used online by young people is not confined to racial groups, but such language is often used against women, gays, and the obese.

Where do we break the cycle of wanton racial and social discrimination and insensitivity? Clearly, some incidents are blatant and in your face. But what about those that are just as pervasive in our communication media?

It is alarming to think that we are regressing, if not losing, the battle against creeping racism in all its forms and facets, across all races, black, white, brown, and beige.

When we look at all the challenges we face as one humanity, we can ill afford to lose the war against racism.


I find this article to be

Submitted by UCCS-9F11-12 on

I find this article to be quite interesting. I raises a lot of good points, especially that racial slurs are not only limited to blacks. I believe young kids are so used to joking around with their friends, as mentioned above, that they just say those derogatory comments everywhere. Joking around about stereotyping and being racist is not funny and not something to be taken lightly. When people become too comfortable saying certain things "joking around" they become too comfortable saying things seriously. Peers need to stand up against this kind of behavior to begin to see an end to it.

Just a joke

Submitted by UCCS-7F11-12 on

I agree that this article brings up a lot of good points. Everyone knows that racism exists, and although these examples are all specific just incidents of it occurring together they show the larger picture. Something that may seem so small like graffiti can be hurtful to so many people. Things may start off as a joke but this joking could then lead to actually believing that these instances of racism are acceptable. It is a hard thing to do to stand up against someone who is saying something offensive, but as stated above it needs to be done. If one person stands up to it then the people they influence will realize it’s not just a joke, and that it is a serious issue. Then a positive chain reaction can occur, you hear your friend say it’s not ok then you yourself start to fight against it and so on.


Submitted by UCCS-15F11-12 on

Most of the time when someone states something about racism in a joking manner, the reality is the content of the joke is how they feel, but in order for them not to look like they mean what they are saying to try to disquise it in a joke. Which is another form of hidden racism. No matter how one tries to disquise it any type of crude remarks about another person is a put down whether joking or not. If you dont believe it then dont state it in any form of language whether it be graffiti,post on the web or jokes.