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The Racist Mind

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The Racist Mind Short Essay Josie Torres 5/3/2011 I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. ~Martin Luther King, Jr. In the Book "The Racist Mind" by Raphael S. Ezekiel, racism is examined and more closely explored to why people would join hate groups. Ezekiel, who is Jewish and never attempted to hide it from the people he studied, vividly paints readers the results of seven years of research among America's racist rights. Despite his Jewish religion, Ezekiel's respondents surprisingly cooperated with him and allowed him to study them. He did his research with different groups, including the Ku Klux Klan and the Neo-Nazi's. He was interested in understanding the world that these racist leaders lived in and what caused them to feel and hate the way they do. ...read more.


"It does not matter to him what others say...He lives in his ideas and in the little world he created where they are taken seriously, (Ezekiel pp.66-67). Nothing you could say or do could taint or distract them from what they believe is right and how they feel the world should be. Ezekiel then begins to zoom in on the members of these hate groups and what magnetizes to join and be a part of it all. Through his many field studies, he discovered that many where seeking a purpose. Many are looking for some type of activity, a reason to fight, especially living and working so poorly in a competitive world. In these groups, members find some sort of sense of community and comradely. Women were also interviewed, many belonging to the KKK and Aryan Nations. Through interview, most women revealed that they were recruited by people already into the groups. ...read more.


Personally growing up in the NYC public schools, in history we were mainly only taught Europeans and if we were lucky in February we learned a little of Black History. Miss education is just as bad as not teaching them at all. There is more than just "white" history, "black" history and war. I believe that bringing a positive light to all races would only teach students to be tolerant and supportive to all human beings regardless of race or color. This short article has educated me and enlightened me that Racism is still very much alive in the world and that we as a people must step up and do something about it and stop letting the hate build. We must be more tolerant to others really send the message that racism and hate will get us nothing but death. As a people we must stand strong and fight together against groups like the Ku Klux Klan and Neo- Nazis to end their hate missions, not pretend or hope that they will go away. ...read more.

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This is a very brief essay on the 'Racist Mind' and it goes into very little detail. It picks out a few obvious points but does not expand upon them. In order to improve the score this writer needs to include much more information, detail and analysis. Although the writer makes some interesting comments the essay requires a more objective view of why people are attracted to such groups as opposed to other types of groups. The referencing is also limited.

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