Racism in America

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Racism in America – Is the problem of racism a political or moral issue?

The problem of racism is a complex one; it is difficult to characterize it or place it into any one category due to its far-reaching effects and implications. It is evident, however, that moral issues generate social concerns which, in turn, must be dealt with by political means. Therefore, if the government’s response to social issues is inadequate, the moral issues that precipitated the problems will continue to exist and grow worse. Such is the problem of racism in America.

The thoughts and affections of men cannot be legislated; the secret hates and prejudices of an individual heart are not bridled by any law. Only the actions of a person can be, to any extent, controlled. So, if there is a law that dictates that no one will be denied employment due to race or ethnicity, then employers must abide by this. Nevertheless, in job locations all over America, applicants are carefully scrutinized and shrewd employers know just how to weed out those prospective employees who don’t have the “look” that would best “suit” their establishment. The same holds true for housing. Landlords, building and homeowners, and block associations work hard to keep their homes and neighborhoods “intact.”

Are these actions signs of moral decay or governmental laxity and neglect? Is there a system to monitor the hiring practices of employers for every available job in the country? Is there a board or taskforce to support individuals or families who are turned away from new residences due to race or ethnicity? Where does the moral issue end and the political responsibility begin? The dawning realization is that perhaps we as a nation of diverse peoples will never be able to coexist without prejudice and fear, the twin roots of racism.

Racism is a moral issue; racism is a political issue. The government of the United States should make every effort to insure that each individual is allowed his or her “inalienable rights” as outlined in the constitution. This will be an ongoing process as lawmakers face the new challenges brought about by the ever-increasing diversity of the population. The greater need is that of the individual. Until we as a people learn to see each other through the eyes of God, we will never see one another without fear and prejudice. “Then Peter replied, ‘I see very clearly that God doesn't show partiality. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right’” (Acts 10:34-35).



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