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Improvement in Race Relations Race relations in the United States are much better now than they were when Toni Morrison wrote A Slow Walk of Trees 25 years ago The United States prides itself in being considered the most diverse country in the planet Living in Los Angeles California one of the biggest metropolitan cities in our country I have the opportunity of seeing different races every day Our cultural melting pot of a country has evolved so much from the mid-1970s that interracial marriages minority executives celebrities and athletes are all now commonplace in our society It is also not unheard of to see many minorities living in prominent neighborhoods There are still many racial stereotypes in our country Some people many of which are Caucasian are still alienated when seeing a group of young African-American or Latino males African-American and Latino minorities are still being pulled over by police officers for no particular reason other than looking suspicious Racial stereotypes are a result of many instances One major cause of racial stereotypes in the African-American community is rap music Rap artists such as Kurupt Snoop Doggy Dogg Nas DMX Master P Lainez 2 and the late Christopher Wallace Notorious BIG often use lyrics riddled with incidents such as the dealing and use of narcotics promiscuity robbery and homicide The large exposure of rap music currently the number one selling music genre in our country gives many people the impression that the majority of black people live that same exact dangerous lifestyle often glamorized by irresponsible rap artists However there are rap artists such as Talib Kweli Mos Def Outkast The Roots and Common Sense that write lyrics about the lack of racial unity in our country oppression and the disagreement of the rap style of the rappers who project criminal personalities The media has a stronghold on our country Incidents concerning racism are now receiving a lot of media
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