Many racial barriers have been prevelant throughout the history of America. Slavery is noted as the biggest racial barrier in discrimitanory history. Since then our country has overcome many racial obstacles by eventually aboloshing slavery and allowing african-americans, and women to vote. Discrimination towards african-americans is not the only, but most largely known groups to be discriminated against. Henrietta Berdanine is not correct in saying that our nation has lagged behind in racial understanding and awareness. We are in fact going at the same pace or even accelerating towards breaking racial barriers. One major institution put in place to help abolish racial discrimination is affirmative action. Many more factors contribute to the fact that we are moving away from a racially discriminate country would be the election of our first black president, which will go down as one of the most historic moments in history. Another reason proven is the fact that now we as a nation can laugh at stereotypical comedy like the chappelle show.
Affirmative action has helped to knock down many barriers for minorities and ethnic groups. Affirmative action is a law enacted that college and work places are required to hire or accept a certain amount of racial or ethnic minorities This has found to help giving many minorities equal and fair oppurtunities as other people do. Along with affirmative action there have been many other types of equality programs put in place to give racial and ethnic groups a fair chance in school or the work place. This gives us a advancement in racial awareness and helps strengthen the claim that racial understanding is not lagging behind but going at the same constant pace.
Another landmark moment in history is the election of first black president Barrack Obama. Like Martin Luther King jr., President Obama will never be forgotten. He is an icon for what racial and ehtnic minorities can achieve. During MLK's time, he was known as a leader of equal rights movements. Obama has set that milestone that egual rights has been achieved. Over half the population had voted for president Obama which would not be the same case in the middle of the twentieth century. His mark in existence has accelerated the fact that racial awareness is becoming more prevelant now then it was in the 1900's.
While in English we watched the Dave Chappelle show i realized everyone was luaghing and enjoying the show despite racial differences. This allowed me to believe that we can laugh about stereotypes now. Racial awareness is so high that it is almost now acceptable to laugh it. It might seem as somewhat of a contradiction but because nowadays people are so racially aware it is socially accpetable to be laughinf at show making fun of different ethnic groups. In the 1900's during the equal rights movements, it would be far from all right to watch, or make films that make fun of racial minorities. We have advanced to such a time that it is acceptable. It is like how comedians say you need to wait 10 years before making jokes about tragic events. It follows along the same concept.
Henrietta Berdanine was incorrect in saying our country is lagging in racial awareness. In fact we are accelerating to the point where the is almost no racial tensions at all. Racial tension still exists and always will be there no matter how miniscule but we are growing to the point where it will be almost non-existence. By the equal rights programs put into action, and the election of the first black president. It has moved use towards a more racially active and aware community than ever before.