America Is Not a Racist Country


Thomas Carlile, Staff Writer

Recently there have been numerous events that make many people wonder if America is racist. The nation is increasingly testing the limits of civility as we progress through these hard times. However, there are multiple reasons to justify why America is far from being a racist country.

First of all, there are still countries that practice slavery and sell people. Out of 195 countries in the world, at least 10 still practice slavery. Some of them including Russia, India, China, and North Korea. Depending on how modern slavery is defined, most countries that engage in slavery are located in the Eastern Hemisphere. The estimated number of slaves worldwide is 21 to 46 million. It has been over 157 years since slavery was abolished in this country and there has been a lot of headway towards equality since then.

Second, America is a diverse country. In the last 20 years, more than 3 million black immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean have arrived in the United States. If the U.S. is so systemically racist, why would so many black immigrants voluntarily move here? That’s not even including the other 10.9 million people that have migrated to America since 2000.

There are so many anti-discrimination and anti-racist laws in America, and it’s not even a part of our culture to be racist or discriminate against people based on their ethnicity. America is so anti-racism, it is almost racist in the ways people try to prevent racism. Yes, there are racist situations that need to be condemned. However, as a whole, America is not racist.