USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)


Rain Christi

First Advisor

Dr. Christina Salnaitis

Second Advisor

Dr. Deby Cassill


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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History represents a strong correlation between an empire’s rise to power and the oppression of indigenous people. In fact, slavery dates back to earliest recorded history. Many stories of the struggles of oppressed peoples have not yet reached widespread awareness in today’s culture. The purpose of this compilation is to represent the history of racism; to cover the basics of the Civil Rights Movement and what it accomplished. Furthermore, this study will take a look at the current status of racism in the United States. Many perspectives will be entertained, including historical accounts of slavery and genocide, the power of music in culture and biological points of view. There are many ideas on racism, what the center of the problem is, and how it may be resolved. What is racism? The media’s voice has been heard. The government’s statement has been made. What does America have to say? Fifty participants were randomly chosen to answer five questions on film along with a written questionnaire to represent demographics. The filmed portion of the interviews was turned into a documentary meant to accompany the empirical data collected. The conclusion of this study finds that “racism” has social, biological and psychological implications. Division of the human race serves those who are interested in power struggles and classism serves to keep the lower classes oppressed. Equal access to resources and education can level the playing field.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program University of South Florida, St. Petersburg

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