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AngelYahp.

SeniorInq.
Rodgers,Yonamine,Washington
SystemicRacism
Asasystemrunbymostlyrichwhitemalesthereareactsdonetominoritiesthat
aremeanttopushthemdownandstriptheirpowerawaysotheycan'tovercomethose
obstacles.EverytimewelookonthenewsweseeyoungAfricanAmericanteensbeing
shotorbeatenbymultipleofficers.Somethingassimpleaswinninganawardhas
becomeabigchallengeforminorities.Thesearesomeoftheproblemsthatthe
communitiesofcolorhavetoovercome.
Thejusticesystemhasshownexcessiveuseofforcetowardsminoritiesand
haveevenkilledyoungteensandchildrenfromdistinctbackgrounds.Eventhoughtheir
arecountlessvideos,photos,andrecordingsthoseofficersarenotgivenany
punishmentfortheiractionsinsteadtheygetapaidsuspension.Whenanofficerof
colordoesthesamecrimetheygetsentencedformanslaughterandgotoprison.Due
tothisthecommunitygetsmadandstarttoprotesttheinjusticesimilartothecaseof
PeterLiang.PeterLianglikemanypoliceofficersshotandkilledanAfricanAmerican
manwhilehewaspatrollingbutwhatkilledhimwasnottheshotbuthisreckless
actions.ManypeoplewererelatingthiscasetotheeventofVincentChinwith
protesterswithsignsstatingonetragedy,twovictimsWhenthenewsgotothescene
theyfocussolelyonthecommunitythatisaffectedthenewssourcesaskquestionsto
thoseinthatcommunity.Newssourcesmuteoutthevoicesofthesurrounding
communitiesandindoingsotheymakeitlooklikeanindividualprobleminsteadofa

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nationalonebecauseitisn'tonlythisonecommunitythathasbeenaffectedbythe
justicesystem.Thiskeepsthechainofreactionstocontinuetohappenwhichprevent
minoritycommunitiesfrombeingabletogainpower.
Anotherthingthatkeepsthischainofreactions,continuetohappenarethose
(usuallywhitemales)whorefusetoaccepttheirisracisminthiscountryorpretannotto
noticeracism.Thatshavingamindsetthatthinksthatduetoitbeingcoldwhereyoulive
thatglobalwarmingisn'tathing.Thosepeoplewiththatmindsetareusuallytheones
whorunbigcorporationsthataresometimesfocusedsolelyonthemoreprivileged
people(richwhitemales).TheOscarswouldbeoneexamplebecausefortwo
consecutiveyearstherehavebeenanallwhitenominee.somemightsaythatitisa
coincidencebutknowingthattheoneswhochoosewhogetstobenominatedareold
whitemen.Byhavingalargerbodyofwhitevoterstheyaretheoneswhosvoicesare
heardduetothefactthattheymakeuptheentirevoting.Thevoicesthatarenotheard
arethoseoftheminoritiesthatbarelymakeupanythingcomparedtothatofthemore
dominantgroup.
Overallwearemoreawareofwhatishappeningaroundourcommunitiesthanin
previousyearsduetoourlargecommunicationsystems.Duetousbeingmore
connectedwithoneanotherweareabletouniteandbuildgroupsthatarefocusedon
bringingchangeforthecommunitiesofcolor.Awaytoovercometheseproblemsisby
beingunitedandbecominganallyforgroupsofsocialchange.Bybeingunitedthe
peopleinpowerwillseeourproblemsassystemicinsteadofanindividualproblem.