The Weirdness of Racism

There are a lot of weird things that happen along with racism. Hatred is the major cause of racism, but it is weird that often people do not know why they hate. Racism is just a way to act for them as they are not accepting of people different than they are.

Racism has been brought to everyone’s attention with the brutal killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer who held his knee on the neck of his victim for almost nine minutes as the man lay on the ground. This was while George Floyd was pleading for help and telling him that he could not breathe. The other three officers present did not stop the deathly attack on a black man who was not prepared to die. It seems that it was a racist act against a black man, but it was weird that the officer’s wife and one of the other police officers present were both Asian Americans, apparently siblings.

Although police issues with black men have become an issue, others are killed by racist civilians in the general population. Ahmaud Arbery was an unarmed young black man who was fatally shot in Georgia. He was merely jogging in a neighborhood when he was pursued by two white men, a father and son. They were armed and shot Arbery. The men were finally arrested over two months later and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault. This was a racist act, and it was weird that the men were not charged right away.

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The woman caught in racist rants in Torrance, California, which were filmed in videos, was apparently venting her hatred for those of Asian descent. She was clearly racist against Asians, but then she gets into her Honda car and drives away. It is weird that she does not seem to realize that she is driving an Asian make of automobile.

Vincent Chin was a Chinese American man who was having a bachelor party in Detroit in 1982. Japanese cars were gaining prominence in the United States, and autoworkers with the Big Three in Detroit had been laid off. There was animosity toward Japan and Japanese people because of this situation. While Vincent Chin and his friends were at a club, they encountered a white autoworker with Chrysler and his step son, who had lost his job in the Chrysler plant. A confrontation occurred, and they were removed from the club. The two white men drove around until they found Vincent Chin and his friends at a McDonald’s. A fight ensued with the autoworker beating Chin with a baseball bat until his head cracked open. Vincent Chin died four day later in a hospital. It was a clear act of racism as the white men did not distinguish against Asians of different ethnicities, but it was weird that the two men never received any prison time.

Racism and hatred caused 120,000 persons of Japanese heritage to be removed from their west coast homes and incarcerated in American concentration camps during World War II. Some people do not believe that it actually happened because it is weird to think that such a thing could happen because of racism to its own citizens in the United States of America.

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With the coronavirus pandemic, many people are blaming China. Asian Americans are experiencing racism from various people as a result. It is weird that many of the perpetrators of the racism being exhibited about the coronavirus are racial minorities themselves. Asians are being accosted by African Americans and Latinos as well as white people. It is weird that those who have likely faced racism themselves are attacking others with racial rants.

Racism is a weird part of society. Racism is inexcusable, but it will difficult to eradicate because there is too much hatred and intolerance in the world. Changes need to be made by government leaders, but there also needs to be a change in attitude within the general public before racism can be curbed and hopefully eliminated.The racism and weirdness has to be stopped.

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by Irene Mori