How can confrontational racism enhance democracy?

In a recent article, the matter of improving democracy is associated with racism confrontations. There is a long history of racism confrontations that have proved detrimental to all involved. Those who desire an enhancement of democracy must use alternative methods.

According to the article, Racism Is the Central Hindrance to Democratization, author Paula Ioanide believes that democracy can only improve with a national confrontation on racism.  She cites how both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have catapulted into the spotlight by using concepts associated with confrontational racism.

According to the article, Donald Trump has accomplished a masterful job by collecting Republicans who are angered by racism in the United States. Trump supporters use terms of endearment such as “brown tide,” “dangerous waters” and “war” to describe America’s shifts in racism perspectives.

The followers of Bernie Sanders, according to the article, have a deep sense of rage and abandonment of the national leaders. Their rage is directed at the individual and corporately wealthy who have depleted the middle class Americans of the resources necessary to attain the American dream. “Every working-class, labor movement in the U.S. has been neutralized because whites have chosen to defend their racial interests over collective economic interests that would also benefit people of color”, according to the article.

“There is a way to move people and resources toward America’s democratic ideals. But this requires a confrontation with racism as the central hindrance to American democratization”, according to Ioanide.

Ioanide’s recommendation is problematic because there is a history of confrontational racism designed to improve democracy that has only resorted in the depletion of resources for those who participate.

What is the history of confrontational racism designed to enhance democracy? 

One event associated with confrontational racism was Martin Luther King’s march on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This political rally was considered one of the largest that focused on human rights in United States with a demand of civil and economic rights for African Americans. Thousands of Americans headed to Washington, DC on Tuesday August 27, 1963. On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in which he called for an end to racism. Even though the march is credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, racism in America continues to persist after this confrontation racism activity.

It is evident that confrontational racism does not work on a political level as well as an economical level. We only need to look at the march of 1963 as an example of this economical catastrophe. It is estimated that 250,000 people attended the march. If each person traveled by car at least 50 miles and stayed two days in a hotel today, the march would have cost in excess of $55 million. $25 million would have been spent on gasoline. $25 million would have been spent on housing. At three meals a days for 250,000 people the expenses could have been in excess of $5 million. This type of confrontational event only serves to drain the resources of those who are supposedly benefit from the confrontation. Confrontational racism activities provides a windfall for many corporations and individuals who may not endorse efforts to eliminate racism in America.

Confrontational racism can also be problematic on a civil level. We only need to look at the confrontational racism activities associated with the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson Missouri and Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida.

In both instances, America became polarized over the perceived racism associate with both event. When all was said and done, the confrontational racism activities did not impeded the on going travesty of racism in America. Confrontational racism will continue to fuel racism in American. Without efforts to promote positive racial relationships that will enhance democracy in America racism will persist.

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Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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