What is the color of racism? If emotion can be attached to colors, racism could be described as a sad color. The United States is gradually transitioning into a multi-ethnic or multiracial community, and less of the white community. The issue of racism is now not just limited to being black or white, but encompasses the diverse groups of races that make up what are collectively known as Americans.
Interracial unions and immigration brought a colorful wave of change into the communities of America. America is gradually less described as based on the shades of black and white and is now viewed as a multicolored, racially diverse community. There are many claims that America is now at the “post-racial era” – a period claimed to be free of the prejudices and persecutions related to race or ethnicity. Yes, we no longer see the segregation signs, the plantations and master–slave community or occurrences of lynching – all associated with the early notion of racism and white supremacy.
Have we really gotten over racism and truly achieved racial equality and acceptance? To put it bluntly, no. We may no longer see classic telltale signs of racial discrimination or racism today, but there are new and subtle practices of racism that are happening around us. Have you ever looked closely at your neighborhood lately? Most of you may not notice the socioeconomic divide of white and colored neighborhoods. By colored, we do not exclusively mean the black or African American race anymore. If you walk down the streets in your neighborhood, you can still see evidences of segregation in the houses around you. On one side, you may see white neighborhoods living in relatively affluent and comfortable houses and on the other side, you see the ill-maintained and impoverished neighborhood of the black and colored communities. We have yet to see concrete steps and changes in the real property laws in America. The flawed design and machinations of the American government’s housing authorities need to be stopped and corrected to give every American citizen the opportunity to live in decent and comfortable house and not just a select race.
Disparities akin to segregation can be seen in the educational system and the professional fields. Acceptance rates into public school systems is low for African Americans and other colored races, and dropout rates are likely higher for them. Employment prospects are also poorer for African Americans and other ethnicities compared to Caucasian job seekers. Also, rates of promotion, retention and attrition differ greatly depending on a worker’s race. Corporate and government institutions also have race-biased practices when it comes to benefits and privileges. Access to social security benefits can be minimal to non-existent for colored individuals and incentives, pay increases and statutory benefits can also depend on your ethnicity or race.
The one important thing we should all keep in mind in this discussion is that there is only one race — the human race. Caucasians, Africans, Latinos, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races — they are different ethnicities of the human race. All human beings are basically the same in overall makeup and have the same physical characteristics (with just minor variations). The Bible teaches us one of the most important and relevant teachings regarding our existence and race: we human beings are all equally created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26–27). God loved the world so much that He sent Jesus to be with us and ultimately lay down His life for us (John 3:16). And by “world”, God obviously meant all humans in the world, including all the ethnic groups.