End the introduction with the thesis statement, which, as it what previously discussed, is the most important part of the essay and which should present the main idea of the paper.
Any essay is composed of three main parts: the introduction, where the reader is introduced in the story, the body, where the main ideas are discussed in detail, and the conclusion, where the main idea is restated once more.
Even though the conclusion is located at the ending of the essay, it doesn’t mean you have to give less importance to it, but on the contrary. The conclusion helps the reader exit the story and leave them with a general idea over the topic that has been discussed.
Generally, there are several aspects that need to be considered when writing the conclusion
. First, you have to summarize the entire content of your essay in only a few sentences. In order to do this best, it’s recommended you make reference to what you have written in the thesis statement. However, try avoiding plainly rewriting it. Underline the importance of providing objective ideas to the reader. In some cases, it’s a good idea to link the summary of the essay to some other issues, much wider or general ones, by mentioning other topics related to the one discussed by you in your essay. In the end, don’t forget to express your own viewpoint on the discussed subject.
Some tips to consider
Essays don’t have to be boring. In fact, the best essays are not only excellent written and error-free, but also have a personal touch of the author. One good trick you can use in writing an essay
, regardless of the topic you choose, is to utilize different hooks.
“What exactly is a hook?” you may ask yourself. A hook is nothing but a sentence in your essay, but the thing about it is that it magically attracts the reader’s attention and makes them part of your essay.
Hooks are a good way to start an essay and they can be some real-life stories or various situations you or someone you know encountered and that determined you to write an essay on that topic.
Hooks can also be some references to certain popular cultures. You probably agree that the reader’s attention is easier to catch if you make references to some popular movies or TV series in your essay on racism. You can even relate to some popular songs such as “Ebony and Ivory” for example, by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney. Moreover, the essay will be even more interesting if you present a suggestion that, in your opinion, can solve the issue of racism at least to some extent.
Topics on racism you can choose for an essay
Racism alone is a too wide topic to handle in one essay, considering that most essays are only a few pages long. For this reason, it’s best to choose one more specific topic to tackle in the essay and here are some very good examples:
- “Is racism still a major social issue today?”
Obviously, the most essential aspect to take into account when you choose to write an essay on the theme “Is racism still a major social issue today?” is to ensure you have enough evidence and information to help you support your point of view with respect to this issue. In case your answer to the question in the title of your essay is “yes”, start browsing the Internet for studies that prove that racial segregation is still a major issue today.
For instance, there are studies that state that people of darker skin color are more likely to be killed or arrested by police officers than people of lighter skin color. One research study that reaffirmed once again this statement was conducted by Joshua Correll, who is a reputable researcher and works at the University of Colorado Boulder. He conducted a study based on a video game in which more than 400 people, police officers and civilians participated. The video game simulated several confrontations between people of different races, while some of them were armed and the others were unarmed. Each person had to try himself as an officer. The results of the study illustrated that regardless of the race, people didn’t think twice when they had to kill black people, but when they have to decide on killing white people, they first hesitated.
You can also mention situations when racism has occurred in the educational system for instance and give examples of professors who tend to favor certain students (mostly those of lighter skin color) over others. Also, students who are looking for mentors for instance, will experience less pleasant situations and receive less positive feedbacks if their names sound or appear less white. Consider doing thorough research not only on the Internet, but also in psychology books and manuals, as the number of studies on racism is incredibly high, so you’ll have enough information to complete this paper.
- The effects of racism in the workplace
One of the most common places where racism is at its peak is the workplace. It’s a good theme for an essay, but you’ll have to ensure that you’ve tackled every important aspect if you want your essay to bring you the perfect A. first of all, it’s recommended you mention the types of prejudice that exist in the workplace and give relevant examples. For instance, give examples of workers who faced denials from various employers just because of their skin color, race, gender, age or origin.
Usually, women become victims of gender discrimination in the workplace, but also do people of other ethnical origins. The issue arose due to the idea some have that the white people are more superior in intelligence and skills compared to the black people for example, who are considered more appropriate for performing primarily physical work.
Another example of situation in which people fail in obtaining a good job is the fact that they don’t speak English at a proficiency level or don’t have a native accent. If you give such examples, you should also discuss about the laws that help people in such situations, as it is the case of the Civil Rights Act emitted in 1964 in the US, which was meant to protect workers or potential employees from any sort of unfair treatment in the workplace.
- The effects of racism in schools
Racism in the workplace happens in various forms and the effects it has on the victim are more than negative, as these effects can seriously affect the victim’s day to day life. Even so, specialists believe that racism in schools is even more dangerous. Here, rampant racism can be experienced in a variety of forms, starting with call-naming and teasing and continuing with verbal or sometimes physical abuse. Children who become victims of racism suffer a lot and there are high chances for this suffering to affect their entire life. Due to these more and more aggressive acts of racism, many parents resort to home-school their children.