Racism and the modern culture

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I'm quite sure you've all been in that bothersome situation. You know, the one where the miserable fucking dork to the left of you is explaining that he "isn't prejudiced" because he's got "black friends". Yes, I know, it's one bitter cookie we all will eventually have to taste- and the probability of being forced to swallow this cookie is a great one at that. But besides an immoderate scenario like the one I just described to you, the mother of all questions lies dormant in our society. Is racism, really "over"? I would like to proclaim that it is, and we are progressing as our horizons widen themselves throughout our perceptions, but the more statistics and propaganda I seem to uncover, the more my assumption is swayed toward another reality, and that is, that a large number of minorities are still being treated as second class citizens who have been manipulated into an Americanized variation of their individuality.

According to a report written on December 31, 2002, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported 10.4 percent of the country's entire black male population, between the ages of 25 and 29, were in prison. One man argued that the reason for this, was that blacks primarily conform to settling near or within metropolitan areas, and that since the population is tremendous in these particular areas, it results in blacks being more susceptible to drug abuse than whites. I took this into consideration with an objective demeanor, that is, until I stumbled upon another statistic that contradicts this claim, and that is: "Rates of current illicit drug use among the major racial/ethnic groups in 2001 were 7.2 percent for whites, 6.4 percent for Hispanics, and 7.4 percent for blacks. The rate was highest among American Indians/Alaska Natives (9.9 percent) and persons reporting...