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Reversed Racism Essay

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Reverse Racism
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” (King 60). This quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. portrays my feelings towards race. A person should be judged not by appearance alone but by their ability and character. In the United States, the land of opportunity, anyone can do anything as long as they work hard enough to achieve it. White, black, green, orange, rich or poor in the United States people are all given an opportunity to be great. It is up to an individual to seize the opportunity to be successful. In this imperfect world there will be ...view middle of the document...

I remember thinking, “Isn’t this racism? Why is it that one’s race is put at an advantage over another just because of their lineage”. The original purpose of Affirmative Action is skewed in modern times. How is it fair or just that because one is Caucasian it is harder for them to get into college opposed to an African-American or a Hispanic? Prior to Executive Order 10925 civil rights activists were fighting a war on racism. This country and its citizens believed that it was unfair for one to be judged by the color of their skin or lineage. The United States took affirmative action and a step in the right direction in taking race out of the decision process when applying for a job or a school. In modern times race and lineage have everything to do with applications; institutions and corporations have to meet quotas on different races in order to keep up with the times. Isn’t keeping up with the times being having moral attitudes and giving the best person the job based on ability? It is unjust for race to be any part of an application. To give one an advantage over another because of race or ethnicity is just as racist as segregation.
In a perfect world, all applications would be blind; writing race or gender would be unheard of. We are all people right? Why should one be judged by skin tone? It’s unfair to the people who have fought for equality for so many years for the United States to succumb to this reversed racism.
My experience in the BEP (Binghamton Enrichment Program) showed me the true colors of my classmates. Here at BEP I am the minority, something I’m not used to. I come from an extremely diverse town in which there is the same amount of Caucasians as there are African-Americans and the same amount of African-Americans as there are Hispanics. In my town all the different races came together as one, we didn’t separate based on race. We judged people based on their character and ability rather than color of their skin. While I may have a different opinion than most of my classmates at the BEP most of them seem to find my opinions wrong. I remember very clearly, after stating my opinion on race relations, I looked over my right shoulder to see a girl with her eyes popping out of her head. The vain in her forehead was throbbing, after looking past her I realized it was the entire class glaring at me, sucking their teeth and whispering amongst themselves. I am almost certain it was about me. This reaction by my classmates made me feel like an outcast and oppressed. We had a difference in opinion, isn’t that what living in a democracy is about? While I consider myself a moderate, my classmates seem to only hear my conservative views and view me as their definition of a typical white person. My classmates find me to be racist because I do not believe in affirmative action or the advancement of any particular race. I believe in the advancement of the human race. I am far from a racist; I have equal, just and non-racist views. While my...

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