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Modern Racism
Racism is the belief that aspects of certain races are inherently flawed.   For as long as humans have been in existence racism has been a part of social interactions between different cultures.   In the past it was more obvious; slaves of particular races were held, and those that weren’t slaves were placed in a lower tier of society.   In modern times, racism takes a different face.   Due to the efforts of countless men and women, it has become less of a blatant display of bigotry and more of a psychological and subliminal issue.   Most people, when prompted, would deny any accusations of racism.   This however means little due to the subconscious mind doing much of the work.   The battle against racism is no longer on a large scale, but a struggle to subdue and control the inherent racism built wired within our subconscious.
Campus Racism 101, albeit short, covers a wide variety of topics regarding education.   Its importance, however, doesn't lie within the useful tidbits of college information, but within its insight on how to deal with the subtle racism that is inherent in higher education.   Nikki Giovanni advises "there are discomforts attached to attending predominantly white colleges, though no more so than living in a racist world" (Campus Racism 101).   This is a prime testament to the fact that, despite whatever gains humanity has made throughout history, racism is still alive today.
Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most iconic pieces of literature.   It shows that humans do indeed have the ability to stand up to our oppressors.   It shows that, with enough drive and passion, that racism can be combated.   “I have a dream..” he proclaims “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of it’s creed:   ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’(I Have a Dream)”   King calls upon the most fundamental of human rights and wields it as a weapon against bigotry and racism.

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