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If there is one thing that the OJ Simpson trial will be remembered for it is the racial polarization felt by all who have an opinion of the trial Even though the trial itself was a farce it does say something about where we are today as an American culture It seems as though the racial divide is growing ever wider in our culture Terms such as African-American or Irish-American are only helping to expand separation based on ethnic background Just the fact that people insist on being identified with a country where the last known ancestor left one hundred fifty years ago speaks volumes of Americas melting pot It is only logical that this behavior has manifested itself on todays college campuses There is little doubt that racial hostilities are increasing for college students Baraka 28 The underlying question is what can be done to solve racism on campus It is first necessary to comprehend the causes and effects of racism on campus and draw resolutions from that There are many causes of racism on college campuses For example it is common to see white students engaging in conversations about minority groups on campus It is in these groups social or academic that students have the power to express and persuasively communicate and reflect their own opinions and attitudes to other impressionable students This is a prime example of how prejudice becomes shared and may form the basis of ethnic or racial discrimination during group interaction Froman 521 In addition racial conflicts on campus may be caused from a students fear and derive from the defense of ones individual security As a student develops their need for securing their identity this need may feed ethnic hostility and prejudice The search for identity might involve as a detour the desire to identify or to strengthen it through being prejudice Bettelheim 33 Unconsciously by expressing a prejudice attitude a student can protect his own
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