Throughout my childhood, I never recieved many direct messages regarding my racial identity. I was never truly exposed to the idea of racial identity until the age of around 11. The sheltered community I grew up in, Hinsdale, was 94% Caucasian when I was born. In turn, many of the male adults in Hinsdale were, and still are, in the center margin. This created a general silencing regarding race, teaching me that I am not supposed to discuss race, which is evidently false.
People of color who grow up in America believe that their race/culture is not important because they are ashamed of there culture. People of color try to hide who they really are to fit into other races. This relates to me, because I am arabic and not a lot of people like arabs because they think i am a terrorist and i am going to bomb them. Growing up in America as a boy of another race I sometimes feel I like i want to change my race and i feel ashamed that feel that way about my race/culture.
I’m a white race male. I believe being white I have lived a life in the majority view of this country. I had very little contact with people of color my childhood life. I also believe that I am white privileged so it makes it hard for me to understand all the struggles for minority Americans. I realize that my connection with the majority of America places me in a position of power, I should use to help others.
The two identities that I have decided to evaluate are my race (white) and my gender (female). These two identities make up a huge portion of who I am. For that reason, I feel that it is important for me to delve into these identities to better understand myself. In regards to my race I have never felt very impacted.
In “Talking White”, Jamelle Bouie addresses how white people in society evaluate African-Americans when they speak a certain way. Whether it’s using “proper” English or African American Vernacular English (Ebonics), because of this stereotype on how we should talk, African Americans are put in category of intelligence. He uses the ideas of Jason Riley, a Wall Street Journal columnist, John Ogbu, a professor of anthropology, Ron Christie and Stuart Buck authors, and sociologists Karolyn Tyson, William Darity Jr., and Domini Castellino to connect his thoughts and theories. He also uses a video from Live Leaks about a black woman’s opinions on proper English to tie his whole article together. His point was that this is an example of racial ridiculing and black people shouldn’t let it be a feature of black culture.
I have blond hair and pale skin. On the color wheel, my father is a rich mocha, my sister is a warm copper, and my mother is a perfectly tanned caramel; I am somewhere between cream and eggshell on the opposite end of the spectrum. Being stereotypically white can be difficult when you’re African American. The beginning of high school was when I first began to feel that my fair complexion hid my true identity.
My economic situation and racial identity intersect every minute of my life. Both were appointed to me upon birth, one I’m proud of, and one I will change eventually. Overall I feel these two identities had silent my voice in the sense that they are times I feel uncomfortable and scared to share my opinion in fear of judgment and perception on others. I feel that it’s easier for people to judge if you’re at the lower end of the latter, it gives them a sense of superiority that makes them comfortable to attack you. And it’s different if you are Latino and economically stable or white, society since to attack minorities or those less fortunate.
. Race has always been a big controversial topic around the world. We always hear on the news of situations involving race, and lets face it, if it’s on the news it’s probably something more negative than positive. But, being a young adult causes me to be exposed to many more things on my own without the news or outside influences distorting my own point of view. I can say that I’ve formed my own beliefs solely on what I’ve experienced.
I was born with a label that I did not want to accept. At a young age negative names would be thrown my way and I would constantly be embarrassed as each one hit me. Growing up I constantly wished I was someone else. I am a Nigerian student who formely believed that things would never change. I never felt upset about who I was until I attended elementary school.
In the past decade race relations have taken a tremendous part in the daily lives of United State’s citizens,but it has always been endorsed in our history. For example, in the nation’s mere beginning when the Mayflower pilgrims and the Native Americans became formed one of the most important alliance in the United State’s history. However, not all race relations can be positive, Recently prospective Republican candidate for the presidency Donald Trump has taken a firm stance against the Mexican community by accusing the Mexicans of “bringing drugs and crime”. It is recognizable that the United States has had many racial affairs, and still continues to do so due to the simple fact that the country of the United States has the most extensive