Racism: what has to happen for White and Black to Unite?
The problem of racism is still pervasive in the 21st century as identifiable members of distinct racial and ethnic groups continue to be oppressed by their majority counterparts. The minority still struggle for equal access to opportunities in employment, natural resources, housing, education, healthcare services, public welfare, social services and political activity. The research question is sociologically interesting and important since it seeks to bring to light the continuing ethnic and racial rivalry between the whites, black and Hispanic in the American civilized society, where there still remain more cases of political, economic and social oppression. The civilized society of America still has prejudiced values, practices, attitudes and beliefs which function to create structural inequalities to the disadvantage of people of color.
Currently, research by Associated Press shows 51 percent of the American population still has anti-black attitudes. These poll results show that 48 percent of the Americans had similar attitudes against blacks in 2008. It is a very insignificant decrease in racism. The survey also indicates racism has increased in the United States as American attitudes against Hispanics rose from 52 percent to 57 percent.
North Carolina has the worst record on racism. In the 1920s to 1970, the state sterilized over 7,500 poor black citizens. The North Carolina 1929 law on sterilization did indicate that sterilization was for the good of the public.