Though some may believe otherwise, there is no doubt that racism is still prevalent throughout our society. As seen in numerous racially motivated police brutality incidents within the past year as well as the more recent SAE fraternity’s chant video and its following reactions, racism is a continuing and widespread problem throughout America.
Race is defined as a classification based on any common characteristic. This term can encompass a wide variety of groups, not just ethnicities. Racism has deep roots within America from the earliest explorers to the mass killings of Native Americans to slavery to modern day classifications. Now, more than ever, racism is prevailing due to classifications being brought into the public eye such as sexuality, class distinctions, and, most of all, ethnicities. Individuals classify themselves into these groups, so how can we expect society to rid of these social distinctions when we, as a society, are drawing more distinct lines? Even in modern media, racism is the driving plot of the story, especially in young adult movies such as “Mean Girls” where the school is divided into distinct social cliques. From such a young age, we are influenced to see the differences between one another.
Some people may think that racism may be going away because only a few incidents of such magnitude as the SAE fraternity chant are happening; however, this is far from the truth. The reason why this event became such a headline was because of the use of social media. With such a growth in technology and social media, the fraternity students seemed almost ignorant to assume that they would get away with such disgusting actions including racial slurs and even the suggestion of lynching. The reaction to this event as well as other racially motivated incidents are of such great magnitude thanks to the widespread use of social media. Many people all over the country are very aware of what has happened and are absolutely outraged. In one of the articles, an OU student said it might be harder for him to find a job because potential employers may frown upon him because of the SAE incident. Is this not racism within itself? The student is scared of being labeled because of where he is from and where he studied, and because of this label, he will be at a disadvantage.
In truth, racism will forever be in our society, or at least of many years to come, since this behavior develops at such a young age and has such deep roots in our country