Below you can find another blog by fiff1aren, who linked an interesting read about racism. I wanted to add some of my own thoughts concerning the origins of the problem.
Present-day racism is very easy to explain. Briefly: it is more likely to be robbed, attacked or even shot by a black individual than by a white individual. White people are, naturally, scared. The fear gives birth to racism.
Nowadays, as it was correctly mentioned in the article, the racism is discouraged in the society by the efforts of the mass media. But this means of fighting the problem is somewhat artificial. It prohibits the society to act racist, yet it allows it (*) think and, more importantly, feel racist. It is vital to understand, that the reality hasn't changed at all: it is still, as 10, 20 or 50 years ago, more likely to expect a crime from a representative of a black race. That's the reason why an explicit racism simply transformed, changed its shape, but it is still alive and thriving.
Now I would like to take one step back and think about the problem in a broader way. First, let's ask ourselves, why do black people commit more crimes? Is it because the blacker the skin, the more you are prone to violence? Well, at the very least, it sounds dumb. Maybe it is because black people are less developed intellectually? Also quite unlikely, since it was proven in many researches, that black people, despite performing slightly worse in the general IQ tests than their white or Asian (**) counterparts, they are the best in the social-IQ tests. And in the modern world, undoubtedly, both social skills and intellectual are of equal importance in the road to financial prosperity.
So, the question still stands. Why? My answer I find simple, logical and very natural: poverty. Many black people are born in poverty and, due to the absence of any opportunities, remain there. The desire to survive leads many of them to commit crimes.
I am a strong believer, that if white people were placed in the equal conditions, if they were brought up in the comparable environment, they would've been just as "prone to violence" as black people. This truth is invariable: whether you are white, black, arab or an asian. Unfortunately, there are no tests to confirm this.
Finally, let me elaborate and back my statement that black people are poorer. The capital (money) travels through the generations. White portion of the population was getting richer and richer through decades at the expense of the black people's hard work (slavery). Only last 50 years that the black population in US was finally given real rights, and they, as a society within society, have started growing their capital. Yet nowadays, if we compare the total amount of money circulating in an average group of, say, 1000 white and 1000 black men, we would find that much bigger amount is moving within the white group. I can't give you the numbers of course, but it is a safe statement. The black people are “more prone to violence” than white people simply by this relative difference. Eliminate it - and there'd be no room for racism.
What do I mean by “the capital travels through the generations”?
I am white. I was born with a house of my own and brought up by an educated family, where my parents were having enough time after work to dedicate time to me. They gave me education, advice and all opportunities I ever wanted. I haven't had periods in my life where I had barely any food on the table.
Many black children have very different stories to tell. Their parents, despite being hard-working, are not educated because they never had an opportunity to be. Uneducated, they were always stuck with low-paid 60-hours/week jobs getting just enough to get by. Their black child sees only the “survival” portion of life. He only knows friends, like himself and families, like his own. And he does not want to live like his parents do.
So what he’s gonna do? (***)
(*) Allows, of course, because there's no mechanism to get into our head and dictate our feelings.
(**) Asians are, by the way, the smartest race according to these researches.
(***) This article is nothing more than my opinion that you can agree with or disagree. I do not yet offer solutions to the problem or criticise anything in any way. I am just stating my observations with a desire to prove that racism is an economy-driven phenomena. Same as the racism against the country you are from, so often encountered at this forum.
Thank you for your time.