Racism and Whiteness in the United States

How racism has entered into every aspect of our society despite the official abolishment of slavery over a century ago.

This paper examines the claim that racism is a pervasive social and political problem in the United States. It shows how abolition of slavery did little to improve the social status of black Americans, which is the reason why whiteness was and still is dominating America’s social fabric. The paper thus focuses on the important subjects of racism and whiteness in the light of intellectual research carried out by some famous activists and sociologists such as Robert Takaki and Bell Hooks.
Whiteness is so intricately connected with issue of race relations in America that discussing the former always leads to explosive and controversial issue of racism. This is one reason why most of us would try to avoid talking about whiteness as it prevails in our country because we are afraid it might lead to issues that we want to desperately avoid. So what is it about whiteness and racism that add to their volatility and thus force us to bury them under heaps of pretensions and shallow discussions? I personally believe that discussions on racism and its close associate whiteness remain shallow because they can easily expose the problems that are still being faced by the minorities in our country. Though we would love to believe that after the abolition of slavery in 1860s, the race relations in the country improved and African-Americans were given their fair share of civil rights. But this is not exactly true. Racism still exists in our country and in some areas it is so harsh and prominent that one wonders if slavery was indeed ever abolished.