Racism: The Original “ism” of American Discrimination



The implications of psychological colonization visited upon victim-group populations provided the cultural foundation for increasing the potency of existent racism. Although a distant era in history, Americans—including people of color—continue to manifest the impact of Western colonization in their social interaction preferences. As a product of racism, discrimination attributed to victim-group populations begins with the existential circumstances of Third World countries, which in most instances are now freed from the yoke of European sovereignties. What prevails in the Third World and its worldwide population is sustained today through cultural influences that have been manifested by overt and covert acts of racism. Regarding skin color, such racism is aimed primarily at black males or similarly dark-skinned men, given that black males are the polar opposite extreme of the prevailing white-male power structure in a country given to patriarchy traditions.


Skin Color Black Male Hate Crime Dark Skin Light Skin 
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  1. 1.School of Social WorkMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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