All around the internet and the news we see repulsive acts of racial profiling and tension. The fact of the matter is that racism still exists. Still today, all around the country, there are hate groups targeted towards specific races or religions. Some well known examples of strong hate groups are the KKK (Ku Klux Klan), modern day Nazis, and even Islamic Extremists (specifically the extremists). Members of these groups could randomly have a fuse go off in their mind based on hate for another race or religion, and end up committing mass murder. Incidents like these make people feel uneasy and unsafe because of the potential for racial targeting.
In addition to acts of physical violence, people who have hatred instilled in them for another race or religion use verbal assault and racial slurs to send their message. For African Americans it’s the n-word, for Muslims its ‘terrorist’, the list goes on. Ultimately, it all stems from the environment. A child is not born racist. Racism is an acquired trait that is taught to people through the internet, television, and even the guardian of a child. When exposed to offensive behavior in youth, children will grow up believing it is normal, or worse, right.
Recent headlines in America have also charged racial tension in out country. More recently, police brutality has taken a toll on America because the black community has the suspicion that the men in blue are targeting their race. This idea made headlines everywhere. When people from the black community respond violently, suddenly they’re the enemy. This is a form of targeting. A group of people in desperate need for some justice become the enemy because a few people act irrationally, therefore swaying the judgement of several Americans. The same goes for Muslims. When a ‘Muslim’ commits a murder(s), The news immediately suspects ties with ISIS and labels them a terrorist. Though ISIS may indeed have been the person’s motivation, it is not necessarily the case. What this does however, is make those who are too ignorant and those whose thoughts are blindly guided by the news suddenly deem all Muslim’s terrorists. The same goes for white people in that they are targeted by several people in other races as ‘white supremacists’. No one race is safe from any type of targeting.
Every race or religion has groups of people targeting them. I feel my group should focus on fixing the racial divide in America because it affects everyone in one way or another.