What can be done to combat racism in the United States as a public administrator?

PAD 3003 Intro to Public Administration Module 6 Chapters 11-12

Assignment 1- Module 6 Discussion – Part 1

What can be done to combat racism in the United States as a public administrator?

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Offering education to individuals is an essential way of combating racism. With proper learning, people will be aware of the significance of equality and respecting one’s culture. As a public administrator, influencing people’s behavior of not focusing on racism and focusing on what motivates them and their capabilities will help reduce cases of racism (Bhusal, 2017). Developing safe spaces used to carry out difficult conversations is also essential. When people or organizations develop an inclusive environment that individuals can have their discussions and share opinions, everyone can interact with people of different skin colors, and in the end, racism cases are reduced. Knowing what the law is regarding racism is also crucial, especially in public administration. When individuals are aware of the consequences imposed for people practicing racism, it can reduce the cases because people will not want to commit a crime, they will be punished for. Lastly, ending racism starts at home children from an early age should be taught to respect and accept everyone regardless of color, race, religion, or political views.


Bhusal, A. (2017). The Rhetoric of Racism and Anti-Miscegenation Laws in the United States. IAFOR Journal of Arts & Humanities, 4(2). https://doi.org/10.22492/ijah.4.2.07

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After posting your initial response, respond to two other students’ posts with your opinion of their evidence and/or position statements. Responses such as, “I agree” or “good idea” are not acceptable and will receive no credit. The response must add to the scholarly dialogue presenting the reasons for your opinion and supporting documentation cited.

Peer 1 Zach

In the United States, inequality is often manifested as racism. It is therefore crucial that race-related issues are considered when administering public affairs in a multicultural society. Since racism can be defined as discrimination based on race or nationality, it is apparent that combating racism means advocating against institutional mechanisms that use these superficialities as criteria.

Throughout chapter eleven, the author stresses affirmative action and reverse discrimination as the prevalent forms of modern racism in the United States. Reverse discrimination is generally described as affirmative action in practice. Affirmative action, while designed to remedy the historic racial inequality experienced by African-Americans, is inherently racist. It uses the color of one’s skin as criteria for employment or passing a test. While temporary affirmative action has practical benefits, its continuation is hard to justify when the practices it was designed to remedy are long in the past (Shafritz, Russell, & Borick, 2016). Not only can it be defined as racism, but it also violates the constitution and laws designed to prohibit institutional racism. The Fourteenth Amendment’s requirement for equal treatment of all U.S. citizens and Title VII’s ban on preferential treatment on the basis of race are blatantly disregarded when society uses the color of one’s skin as criteria for granting them prosperity.

Therefore, public administrators can combat racism by advocating merit-based, rather than genetically-based, criteria for all formal qualifications. In addition, they can actively inspire social equity and foster the spirit of equality by seeking to hire and advance a diverse workforce (Shafritz, Russell, & Borick, 2016).


Shafritz, J., Russell, E., & Borick, C. (2016). Introducing Public Administration (8th ed.). London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Peer 2 Lukas

Racism is a very controversial topic in today’s climate. It also provides great stress and pressure to public administrators with everything that has been going on. The main issue that a public administrator needs to guarantee is that their legislations and policies are not discriminative whatsoever and every person’s constitutional rights are protected. They also need to take an active role in guaranteeing that none of their employees are engaging it discriminative or racial behavior in or outside of the workplace.

As far as policies go to combat racism, it is tough to say. A lot of policies put in place, like affirmative action, are designed to combat discrimination and racism, but they are discriminative in their nature, which is very contradictory. I do not agree with affirmative action policies for this reason. I believe that society needs to get to a place where we look at skin color in the same way we look at hair color. Could you imagine people discriminating against a group of people based on hair color? That would be insane.


Shafritz, J. M., Russell, E. W., & Borick, C. P. (2016). Introducing Public Administration (8th ed.). London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

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