A few of us would
define race as a concept that is used to indicate distinctive kinds of human
bodies. Since there is no natural reason for racial order, sociologists
perceive a long history of endeavours to sort out groups of people based on comparative
skin shading and physical appearance. The lack of any biological foundation
makes race frequently hard to characterize and classify, and all things
considered, sociologists see racial classifications and the criticalness of
race in society as flimsy, continually changing, and closely associated with
other social forces and structures.
The term ‘race’
began to exist during the age of exploration. Mostly, the existence
of race originates from the colonization of the Americans. Overtime, the
properties of race such as the categorization and meanings of race have changed.
Before man began to explore, No one was classed white (Caucasian), black nor Hispanic until the colonization process
needed ways of differentiating various rights, privileges, social, and legal
standings between various labourers. In the early 15th century,
countries in Europe were not seen as the modern states of today. This meant
that there was no concept of being German for example.
A sociologist and
racial theorist, Howard Winant, gave a meaning of race which situates it within
social, historical, and political contexts, and that underscores the important
connection between racial classes and social clash. Howard Winant and another
racial theorist called Michael Omi wrote a book together called ‘Racial Formation
in the United States’. In that book, they clarify that race is “…a
flimsy and ‘decentred’ complex of social implications continually being changed
by political battle,” and, that “…race is a notion which implies
and symbolizes social clashes and interests by alluding to various sorts of
To say that race is defined in a large part by
political battle is to apperceive how meanings of race and racial classes have
moved after some time, as the political territory has moved. For instance, inside
the context of the U.S., during the establishing of the country and the period
of subjugation, the meanings of “black” were premised on the idea
that African and the native-born conceived as slaves were dangerous savages,
wild, crazy individuals who should be controlled for their own particular
purpose, and for the wellbeing of everyone around them.
To define “Black” in this
way, has served the political attentions of the property-owning class of white
men by legitimizing subjugation. This at last served the monetary advantage of
slave proprietors and all other people who profited and benefitted by the
In contrast, early white
abolitionists in the U.S. countered this definition of blackness with one that
asserted, instead, that far from animalistic savages, Black slaves were humans
worthy of freedom. As sociologist Jon D. Cruz documents in his book Culture on the Margins, Christian abolitionists, in particular, argued that a
soul was perceptible in the emotion expressed through the singing of slave
songs and hymns and that this was proof of the humanity of Black slaves. They
argued that this was a sign that slaves should be freed. This definition of
race served as the ideological justification for the political and economic
project of the northern battles against the southern war for secession.
A sociologist named Jon D. Cruz
recorded in his book ‘Culture on the Margins’, Christian abolitionists, specifically,
contended that the songs sung during enslavement, were expressed emotionally
about their lives. They contended this was an indication that slaves should be
freed. This meaning of race filled in as the ideological defence for the political
and monetary project of the American civil war between the northern and
southern Americans for withdrawal.
After the Lawrence enquiry which was eight years
ago, the problem with race and police empowerment to stop and search anyone still
carries on today throughout the world. The question of police powers to stop and
search people in public places, remains at the forefront of debate about police
community relations. As far as we know that Police are empowered to stop and
search citizens for a reason under a wide range of legislative acts, some
police officers will do it simply because of discrimination towards that person.
A long way from letting the verbal confrontation go, the Lawrence Inquiry
provoked new research studies and new hypotheses to clarify the official
insights. We contend that the measurements demonstrate that the use of the
powers against black individuals is lopsided and means that it is an indication
of unlawful racial segregation. In the event that stop and search powers can’t
be successfully controlled, which appears that they can’t, then their continued
use is unjustified and should be reduced.
Nothing has been all the more harming to the
connection between the police and the Black community than the not well-judged
use of stop and search powers. For youthful black men specifically, the
humiliating event of being stopped over and over again is a sad fact that
happens a lot in society. It is no surprise that those on the less than
desirable end of this treatment should develop a hostile behaviour towards the
police. The right to walk the streets is a fundamental one and one that is
rightly enviously monitored.
Racism still exists today and is still problematic
in society today. Even though racism is not as blatant as it was fifty years
ago with enforced segregation, racism still lurks but its just that it is more
hidden and not blasted out a lot. Rather it remains behind texts and some
images and to only strike out when least expected. Racism has been decreasing
and will continue to be decreased only through education. Teaching young
individuals about racism and why it’s bad will educate them on not to be racist
and to see ourselves equally and not different.
racist beliefs, xenophobic attitudes and racial prejudices remain widespread in
society. While obvious forms of racism are rare, racist attitudes,
anti-immigrant feelings and xenophobic values have a deep and powerful
well-spring on which to draw
All through history in America there has dependably
been the possibility of racism. At the point when Americans think about racism,
they would often refer to slavery and how racism is not a problem in America. However,
this isn’t the situation. Racism is still exceptionally obvious in America.
Without a doubt since the end of slavery, the U.S. has made extraordinary steps
towards turning into a less supremacist nation. In all actuality, racism will
never be wiped out. In the present society, every American citizen of all races
have the same human rights as one another, yet there is still racism. Racism
can be connected directly to cliché mentalities of specific groups of people.
It is human instinct to influence decisions about other to individuals, this is
the thing that prompts racism. In today’s society racism isn’t restricted to
whites and blacks, it has come to define a wide range of groups and races. In
spite of the fact that America has made enhancements since the 1930’s, America
is as yet a supremacist nation.