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The Declaration of Independence of the United States asserts " We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain enaliable rights, that among these are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness." So why then are people of a different race, color, culture, or religion treated with disrespect and hate? Racism is a crime of hate, hate against another person, or race because of color, culture or beliefs. Racism causes people to act cruelly and in humane towards other. It has existed since our Nations beginning, and it is now woven into many facets of society. Historically, white males have held all of the power positions in society. White males were the doctors, lawyers, and policy makers. Although minorities hold some positions of power today, white males still hold the majority of them. Humanity has been enduring an ongoing battle for centuries: the strained relations among the races as a result of White privilege. Despite efforts to put the past behind, signs remain at nearly every juncture that there still exists a strong sense of racial strife. While many Caucasians do not see the problem being as severe as it is represented, other races angrily reply that the lighter skinned race has not had to endure such prejudice and, therefore, cannot begin to identify with the situation. Similarly, minorities believe they often receive unfair treatment because of their race. For nearly as long as man has existed, racism has been driving a wedge between blacks and whites. Many racial ills perpetually keep the black and white races apart; much of this separation is the result of white privilege.
I've never considered myself to be anything special, certainly never superior to anyone or anything by virtue of my ancestry. I've been called a privileged white-girl by some, honky by others, and cracker by others still. I do, however, realize the many ways in which I am privileged. After all, I am an American, middle class, white female, not to mention the fact that I have the honor to attend such a prestigious school as the University of Texas. While I certainly do not agree that any one person should be allotted special privileges just because they happened to be born into a certain family, I have realized that it does occur. A perfect example would be my best friend Kinickka. She and I were inseparable right up until high school. You see, at my high school it was rare for the people of different races to hang out, or God forbid be best friends. Our whole lives Kinickka was one of the "white people." We shared the same interests, listened to country music, we were almost identical except for one thing- she was black and I was white. Up until high school, skin color was not an issue, but that changed dramatically. Eventually Kinickka would feel the need to hang out with others of, as she would say, her ki
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