Is Racism Really Affecting an African Americans’ Way of Life ?Racism is the belief that one race is superior over another race. This act often results in discrimination and prejudice towards people based on their race and/or ethnicity. Even now after all of these years, racism falls under more than one definition. Even though there are some successful black people in the black community, racism still affects black people’s ability to be successful because someone may not be able to get a certain job, homeowners may not want blacks living in their homes, and some schools rarely have black individuals attending their schools. Some people assume that employers look at the person’s name as a gateway to tell where a person is regarding to social class. Depending on the job, (i.e. contractor, salesperson) majority of employers look for someone with a “white-like” name because they feel that that person may have better speaking skills and/or representation of their products than someone with a “black-like” name. If you haven’t noticed, you can find more “black” people employed in fast food restaurants than any other race. “On average, ‘white’ applicants receive 36% more callbacks than equally qualified African Americans while ‘white’ applicants receive on average 24% more callbacks than Latinos”, says German Lopez from Vox. “White” people on average only have to turn in ten applications to get one callback, while on the other hand “black” people have to turn in at least fifteen. This test was tested on a random selection of jobs; jobs that paid anywhere from $60 and hour to $8 an hour. There were over five thousand resumes submitted and the results always came back the same. Education is indeed the key to success for most or even all Americans. During the early 1900’s, education for Black children in America was in a depressing state. The Jim Crow South had laws that prohibited black students from attending schools alongside their white peers, just because they were black. Things have changed somewhat today, but not drastically. Yes, the Jim Crow laws have been abolished but there are still barriers in place that stop black and white students from receiving the same education in the same place. Many middle to upper-class white American families can afford to move their children to the suburbs, while lower-class and poor black Americans remain in the ghettos and slums of the urban cities and have to get their education at the schools there. Because of the densely populated communities in black neighborhoods, and the closing of public schools, black students are forced into overcrowded classrooms with inadequate books, schools supplies and sometimes teachers. Did you know that in 100 of the largest cities, most African Americans attend a school where 75% of the students are said to be poor or have low income?These setbacks create inequalities when it comes to academic challenges that white children don’t have to deal with. On a day to day bases “white” people have the upper hand on a majority of things. A “white” person and a “black” person can have the same job, making the same pay and yet a “black” person is still going to be on the lower end of the bargain. “Racism is still rampant in real estate”, says Jamelle Bouie from In a city like Chicago, it’s very common for an African American to be denied housing. In this case it isn’t always the homeowners fault. The line actually begins with the tenants, then to homeowners, and finally to the realtors. Many tenants and homeowners feel that African Americans mess up the communities and housings that they live in. The “white” tenants complain to their landlords saying, “I’m not paying that much money to have “black” people live in the building”. In order to keep money in their pockets this forces the homeowners to either ask the “black” family to leave or not have them live there at all. This process keeps both parties happy. And as for the realtors, they also base their property values on the races that live in the area. The area in which African Americans live in is called the “redline area”. The “redline area” has all working classes of “blacks” living in it (i.e. higher, middle, and lower class). The rent and mortgage are primarily lower in this area than where “whites” may live, but still high for middle and lower class African Americans. Whether you call it discrimination or just plain bias, it doesn’t change the situation. There are so many African Americans that can’t get where they want in life because people form opinions based on a skin complexion. You see people everyday settling with jobs that they never really seen themselves working in because they couldn’t get their dream job. In some schools there is only a three to five percentage African American race in it and within that percent they have to deal with racism everyday. And even though it’s not always the homeowners who denies an African American first, some “black” people still have to deal with racist neighbors, also causing the landlord to oppose someone of a home. No matter how hard you try to change the meaning of racism, it’s still just as harsh as it used to be.

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