Examples Of Racism In The Butler

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Racism and The Butler According to Dictionary.com, racism is a belief that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the other; discrimination against the opposite race; hatred or intolerance of another race or of other races. For example, you may notice in the movie The Butler that while African-Americans did have way more rights than they had ever had before, they were still being servants the Caucasians and were paid much less. The employer of the African-American typically refused to give the African-Americans a raise or even pay them…show more content…
Back in the times before the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, African-American’s we taught that they were the slaves and that they work for the white men, and severe punishment would come if they misbehaved or did not do what was asked of them. They were brought up in a society that looked down on them like they were basically worthless. In the movie, The Butler, Cecil Gaines tried to raise his family the best he could and teach them to just obey the white man’s rules and laws, or they would be harshly punished. Cecil’s son, Louis, goes against the customs and joins The Freedom Riders. Louis and the other Freedom Riders have peaceful protests, such as sit-in’s, not giving up their seats on public transportation, peaceful marches, etc. Louis and the Freedom Riders are tortured, their bus was caught on fire, and he was thrown in jail. Eventually Cecil begins to push for rights. He talks to the head of the butler staff about getting paid as much as the white help. Eventually he will be paid as much as the white help. Cecil had also dreamed about an African-American becoming the president, instead of a Caucasian, he never got to see this happen, because he passed away right before president Obama ran for…show more content…
In our community, racism is huge, because we are predominantly white, southern and still have the old fashion mind-set that blacks should be slaves or “the underdogs.” In other area’s racism doesn’t function as well, because there is a huge mixture of people and racism will cause big outbreaks and could cause another civil war. It’s mainly the southern areas that racism works the best, because the south holds onto American history so strongly. You’ll still find Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members in the south and “bigoted” people who are racist, because that’s how they were raised and taught to believe. You still hear “White Supremacy” being said and

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