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            Everybody jumped on him, beat the hell out of him.
             Everybody had blood on their forearms.
             He lost so much blood he turned white. He got .
             what he deserved" (Ridgeway 167.) .
             The skinheads who performed this random act of racial violence in 1990, .
             had no reason to brutally beat their victim other than the fact that he was .
             Mexican (Ridgeway 167). Racism is objectively defined as any practice of .
             ethnic discrimination or segregation. Fortunately, racial violence is .
             steadily declining as the turn of the century approaches. Now a new form .
             of racism, covert racism, has recently sprung from the pressures of .
             political correctness. This new form of racism, although slowly declining, .
             still shows signs of strong support (Piazza 86). Covert racism assumes a .
             form of civil disobedience against politically correct thought and speech. .
             Essentially, covert racism is a "hidden" racism, or a racism not easily .
             detected (Piazza 78). "Racism is still strongly prevalent in today's .
             society" (Gudorf 3). .
             The three different basic forms of racism, open racism, violent racism, .
             and covert racism all express forms of hatred towards distinct ethnic .
             groups (Bender 47). These basic forms of racism, although different in .
             form, all have the same main purpose, to promote racism. .
             Open racism expresses freedom of racial thought and speech. Open racists .
             promote their views through strictly persuasionary tactics. This form of .
             racism is allowed in our society because of the First Amendment. Open .
             racism is currently almost nonexistent and steadily declining, because it .
             is considered politically incorrect and socially unacceptable. .
             Violent racism promotes racism through violence, fear, and persuasionary .
             tactics (Leone 49) This form of racism is not protected by the First .
             Amendment because it promotes violence to express its ideas. Unfortunately .
             many violent racial groups claim they do not promote violence, and .
             therefore these groups are protected by the First Amendment because not .

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