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Civil Rights Essay


In my freshman English class in high school, we discussed racism in our school and how it affects students. Along with the discussion in class, we had to interview two students - one Hispanic and one non-Hispanic - and a teacher from the school. This paper talks about racism in my school, using the interviews to add a more down-to-earth feel to it.


Racism…the belief that a particular race is superior to others; discrimination or prejudice based on race. Racism has been around for a long time and its effects have been seen a lot in the past few centuries: during the 1800s and earlier – in slavery, the Civil War, and slaves being freed; and then recently, during the 1900s – in the Civil Rights Movement. Everyone in the United States is supposed to have equal rights and not be discriminated against because of race, but sadly, that is not always what happens. Racism shouldn’t be around anymore, but it is…