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The Effects of Racism on America

            There are many deadly effects of racism in America. The aftermath of racism has had a negative impact on a generation of different races, creeds, and religions. Racism infests our schools, churches, hospitals, playgrounds, and especially the workplace. .
             Just imagine going to work to an office full of people who dislike you because of the color of your skin. The American Heritage Dictionary defines racism as "The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that particular race is superior to others." I define racism as pure ignorance that can lead to violence, diversity and a lack of self worth for the individual being discriminated against. .
             Many different cultures feel inferior to others, which leads to a lack of self worth.
             I personally was discriminated against once. At the age of 17, I was working in convenience store stocking some candy and a lady bumped into me and said "Move out the way you black .", I "m sure you can figure out the rest. This made me feel very low. I wanted to run out of the store and cry. However, I kept my head up, went and told my manager, who happened to be the same race as the individual who said those nasty words to me. She was furious, and told the lady to please remove herself from the store. I felt better about the situation after that. It made me feel as if there people out there who care about human beings feelings despite the color of their skin.
             During the civil Rights Movement which was a movement for racial equality in the U.S., due to a lot of racist believers hundreds of blacks were killed. This was one of the biggest effects that racism has had on America. During this time many blacks gathered together to conduct nonviolent protest to break the pattern of racial segregation in the South. There intentions were not to harm anybody or to be harmed. They simply wanted the same rights as everybody else. Eventually, this was settled in 1964 when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act.

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