by AshleyThomas on October 1, 2014 - 6:10pm



            In Lauren Carasik’s article “United Nations watchdog US for persistent racism”,


from September 8, 2014, identifies how the United States discriminates against different


racial and ethnic groups especially in the legislative system. She concludes how the


United States should do legislative changes, policy initiatives, resource allocations and an


action plan to change the racial discrimination. The Convention on the Elimination of All


Forms of Racial Discrimination (CRED) committee found minorities are disadvantaged


in the education system, criminal justice, voting, housing and access to health care. In the


education system, African-American children do not have equal access to schooling


being as they do not always get to choose which school they can go to and usually are


sent to underachieving schools. When it comes to the juridical system, racial profiling has


a huge impact on minorities where we then see how minorities over represent the prison


system. Minorities are disadvantaged when it comes to finding jobs which leads them to


lose their homes and not having access to health care. Carasik’s believe in reinforcing


equality in the education system, juridical system and allocation plans. 


            I completely agree on the idea of minorities not having equal opportunity when it


comes to the areas of life. Especially when it comes to jobs, in the work force, racism is


invisible yet it is well alive. Minorities do not get the chance to work where they would


like to example, some companies want to keep it mainstream with only white people


working for them. This is why some say minorities tend to work for telemarketing being


as we do not see the person on the other line. A strong point in the article is the fact that


Carasik used statistics in her article which help back up her points example, 34% of


students were placed in underachieving schools, and more than half forced to attend a


probation and poor performance school. Carasik used the Brown v. Board of Education


movement in her article which helped to back up her ideas about racism in the education


system and how we believe that after this movement, racism is no longer happening but it


is. A weakness in her article was not supporting her ideas when it came to how the


juridical system functioned and how it discriminates against certain minorities. In her


article, she states how African-Americans are sentenced to life without parole however,


she does not provide any facts, statistics or examples to back up her claims. If she would


have provided more facts and examples, the article would have been stronger and capture


the readers attention. Another weak point is how she uses the term ethnic but how she


uses the term in her context, she does not use the term appropriately. Perhaps she may


have been trying not to offend anyone but I believe by using “race” or “blacks”, “whites”,


it would have better supported the main message she was trying to pass on.



Carasik, L. (2014). United nations watchdog blasts US for persistent racism. Aljazeera america. Retrieved from http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/9/united-nations-racismracial...


It's very interesting to see how racism and discrimination are finally being recognized in political establishments, especially in the United States, and how something is being attempted to stand against such a debilitating social occurrence. It is very unfortunate though that it took this long to actually do something about it, when racism and discrimination has been around for an extremely long time. I must agree with all the points you have made that people who fall in minority groups have so many disadvantages (less access to acquiring housing units, health care, etc.)
I think what you have written is very good. I liked it because it was short, sweet and to the point; there was no beating round the bush about what you were really trying to talk about. I can't help but wonder what your specific opinion is about the subject, whereas you seem to have eluded the mentioning what your opinion is about what the CRED committee has found and what is being attempted to solve in the United States. Otherwise, very good job in jumping straight into talking about a difficult subject!

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