Racism in the Modern Day

By Ananya Rajeshkumar

LA Times

Four Democratic Congresswomen

Amid recent times, many atrocities that took place, which were inflicted under racist circumstances. There were murders, lynchings, and more. The most disconsolate cruelties include the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. All of these have taken place in the last year, and these tragedies have thus been an eye-opener for many people across the world. With the United States’ long-time history of racially motivated allegations and police brutality, the real question is: When will racism finally stop?

As stated earlier, many of these atrocities have taken place over time, a lot of them during the Trump presidency. There have been many controversial discussions about what Trump has and has not done for the communities of color. President Trump said in an article in the Atlantic, “What I’ve done for African Americans, no president, I would say, has done … And the African American community is so thankful.” This statement resulted in a lot of controversy because of Trump’s history of racism. In another tweet in 2019, he said, “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.” He directed this toward the four Congresswomen of color: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), Ayanna Presley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar.

He proceeded to say in another tweet, “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough.” In this, he was referring to 4 Progressive Congresswomen. “Go back to your own country” is a very common phrase that is used against people of color. It is known to be racist and hurtful. This shocked the four Congresswomen, especially considering this generation is largely anti-racist.

 

Racist comments and racially motivated issues are the source of problems in this country. After the saddening murder of George Floyd, which was a product of police brutality, a series of protests began on behalf of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Dating back to the 60s, this is very similar to the Civil Rights Movement, demanding equality, and attempting to put an end to the idea of racism. Following these events, the election of 2020 caused more racially motivated issues. An article from Pew Research Center says, “The public is split on whether the increased focus on race sparked by Floyd’s death will result in major policy changes to address inequality: 48% say it will and 51% say it will not.” These events; the killings and atrocities, led up to controversial arguments between people around the world.

 

Racism has been a topic of interest for a while now. It exists toward African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, and every other person of color. More recently in history, people began to speak out about these racially motivated issues. But nonetheless, the number of shootings, killings, and police brutality have not decreased. There must be an end to these racially motivated issues, and racism in all.

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