What does Thomas Sugrue’s Sweet Land of Liberty teach us about the nature of racism? His book instructs us that racism has always been a part of not only the United States, but the world. Racism is not the simple idea of racial superiority and of whom should rule as viewed by many people. Racism is complicated. However, racism is still the most destructive force on earth. It takes power from people by devaluing their identity. Racism damages the community and causes discord in society. (FROM BOOK: “What race means varies widely from society to society and in different periods of history.” (Intro;xxiii) It is diametrically opposite of the principles stated in the Declaration of Independence and (according to most intelligent people) fundamentally countered in the U.S. Constitution. Racism is still a global reality, impacted by a series of historical, social, political and economic reasons. It takes different forms in different situations, and is still defined in different ways. Even with the election of a light-skinned African-American, racism is, and will continue to define the citizens of America. (I ALMOST PUT WHITE, MALE DOMINATED AMERICA AFTER NOTICING THE BOOK Invisible Hands ON THE TABLE NEXT TO ME, BUT I CHANGED MY MIND??) 4/27 Update: Racism and ‘black color lines’ still entrenched, and according to Professor Thomas Sugrue, still impacting our history(past, current, and foreseable future). A quote from his SLofL book seems to sum it up best, Racial diversity was, in other words, fine, so long as it did not disrupt economic exclusivity.” (pg.444) Until American (white) society puts their money where their mouth is, racism will endure.
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