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Racism a belief that a race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities which produces an inherent superiority of a particular race Websters dictionaryWith it unrelenting force racism has been the guiding power that has ignited unrest for centuries causing sorrow closing the chapters of many lives and has devastating its victims What about society today Has our current progressive society allowed us to drift away from such disdain The answers to these questions are startling but can be targeted and understood by examining just one simple yet powerful quote It states In spite of the many advances in rights and opportunities for people of color Our society remains deeply rooted in the history of racism Derricotte 468 When examined racism can be noted as a behavior that evokes stereotypes fuels inequality and sociologically affects its targets To provide evidence of such reasoning examination will be made of two written works The first piece is a memoir entitled The California Zephyr by Toi Derricotte Following this piece an examination will also be made of a written work entitled Racial Cognition and The Ethics Of Implicit Bias by Daniel Kelly and Erica Roedder In a recount of being a 15 year old girl simply taking a ride on the California Zephyr Toi Derricotte explicates how she encountered racial bias first hand As a light skinned black woman who could pass for white she was readily accepted as favorable company for the white passenger sitting next to her on the train While her identity remained a mystery they related well with each other After a progression of their conversation she comfortably asked the young man why he didnt want to return to his seat While still unaware of her race he replied If you saw what was sitting in the seat beside me youd know why I cant go back Derricotte 468 This young mans racism evoked his stereotypical views He
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