Racism and Culture

Racism and Culture

Cultural difference is a challenge in the United States as minority communities continue to face political, social and economic inequalities. As Chinese student, adapting to the social surroundings has been an obstacle one has to face on a daily basis. Moreover, it is difficult for  minority students to express their thoughts since other students alienate minority students.  Because of this, one feels intimidated and finds the situation uncomfortable daily. One tries to adapt to this new environment and hopefully will be able to feel comfortable with time (Lehrman, 2003).

Cultural diversity poses a threat and also may limit the achievement of the students as a result of the predetermined expectations and standards that educators, as well as parents, may possess. For example, gender equality has attracted criticism, strained the parent-teacher interaction, and made it hard for classroom management following the confusion in gender roles and responsibilities. Culture may deny the children their autonomy to choose what is right for them. Therefore, it  educators should understand cultural diversity, to ensure equality in the classroom interaction (Robert, n.d.).

Many people may not notice these differences that exist in modern civilization. People believe that discrimination, racism and other inequalities have been eradicated. However, this is not the case in the American schools because these inequalities exist. Students who have been exposed to these vices may not have a strong self-identity and go to the extent of neglecting their ethnicity. This is a problem since everyone should embrace and be proud and their heritage.

Modern racial discrimination and inequality exists naturally. Parents, teachers and students, may be experiencing its effects without knowledge. According to Robert, the system of government in America is very discriminatory. Problems are taken into account only when they have affected the white majority. For instance, single parenthood as been considered immoral and uncivilized. This is because it was common in the black race since the marriage institution in black Americans has evolved from the depths of slavery to freedom. However, modern women have dominated the male sectors including the marriage institution. This includes the white majority in the United States (Carmen, n.d.). This displays racism since the minority is blamed for the sins of all the society.

Most people are not aware of the racial inequalities that exist in the American society. However, in school, it is very hard for one not to notice the differences in gender and racial treatment. An ideal society should care for every member regardless of one’s origin, race or gender. The society should be socially responsible considering equal distribution of basic human facilities. From ancient times, the society has abused the marginalized and minority members of the society because of their race (Lehrman, 2003).  He further insists that the society should practice utilitarianism when associating with members of the minority races.

It is evident that racism is perpetuated in more ways than people realize. Apart from education, law, business and housing, it is clear that health inequality exists in many parts of the world (Robert, n.d.). Personally, I believe it is wrong to discriminate individuals in terms of their skin color, when offering basic human necessities. Therefore, it is important to implement effective strategies through political leadership, long-term resourcing policies, and continuous improvement. This early intervention will be very effective to tackle the problem of racial inequality.



Carmen, M. (n.d.). Feminism and Womanism. Gender Across Borders RSS. Retrieved November 14, 2013, from http://www.genderacrossborders.com/2011/03/29/feminism-and-womanism/

Lehrman, 2. (2003.). Race and healthcare.. News & Politics. Retrieved November 6, 2013, from http://www.alternet.org/story/16868/race_and_healthcare

Robert, B. (n.d.). Growing Smarter to Achieve Livable Communities and Regional Equity. Welcome to Urban Habitat. Retrieved November 14, 2013, from http://urbanhabitat.org/node/2751


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