If we cannot identify with anyone outside of our world, it becomes easier to abuse and oppress them because of a lack of love (seeing oneself in the ‘Other’). W.E.B. Dubois had a desire to see America interpreted through the acknowledgement of two very different worlds merging through African and White Americanism (McKenna & Pratt, 2015). Or as it were, racial barriers should be acknowledged and both sides study to merge and unify. The past should not be forgotten, but instead utilized to learn how to unite in acceptance. DuBois insisted this happen in order to counteract the influence of stereotypes on race where minorities are mired by their color (McKenna & Pratt, 2015).
But very often the stereotypes appear to be too generalized or wrong. One of the crucial social issues in the United States is constant racial stereotyping of ethnic minorities, which leads to the emergence of such phenomena as racism and discrimination. Brent Staples in his essay “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space” and Judith Ortiz Cofer in her work “The Myth of the Latin Woman: Just Met a Girl Named Maria” both make several important observations about the biased attitude of the whites to ethnic minorities in the United States. Although both authors present their own life experiences and reveal the harmful consequences of racial stereotyping in the society their points of view on the ways of avoiding the conflict situations based on those misunderstandings are different. First of all, some
Racism is the belief or idea of superiority of one race over another, often resulting in discrimination and/or prejudice towards people of the race. The ideology underlying racist practices often includes the idea that humans can be divided into distinct groups that are different due to their social behavior and their innate capacities as well as the idea that they can be ranked as inferior or superior. Since the late 20th century the notion of biological race has been recognized as a cultural invention, entirely without scientific basis. Structural Racism in the U.S. is the normalization of an array of dynamics – historical, cultural, institutional and interpersonal – that routinely advantage whites while producing cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color. It is a system of hierarchy and inequity, primarily characterized by white supremacy – the preferential treatment, privilege and power for white people at the expense of Black, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Arab and other racially oppressed people.
Why is race of such major significance in American society? Race is defined as a concept that was created by human beings in which the world is believed to be divided into biological groups that share genetically transmitted traits. This is significant to the American society because the people made up the word race, meaning race was not naturally here. The people who are discriminated, prejudice, and stereotyped are treated unfairly simply because other people with different physical traits decided to separate themselves from them.
In the essay, “A Genealogy of Modern Racism”, the author Dr. Cornel West discusses racism in depth, while conveying why whites feel this sense of superiority. We learn through his discussion that whites have been forced to treat black harshly due to the knowledge that was given to them about the aesthetics of beauty and civility. This knowledge that was bestowed on the whites in the modern West, taught them that they were superior to all races tat did not emulate the norms of whites. According to Dr. West the very idea that blacks were even human beings is a concept that was a “relatively new discovery of the modern West”, and that equality of beauty, culture, and intellect in blacks remains problematic and controversial in intellectual circles
When we talk about race it generally means the color of a person’s skin, or their physical traits. These traits can lead to them being a different religion, heritage and obviously race or skin color. Race has life-or-death consequences and we prove it to not be deterministic. Ethnocentrism is the judgment of others groups by one’s own standards and values (Conley 326.) Ethnocentrism is what explained why historical efforts were so biased.
Coates believes that the problem is how Americans have historically defined the word “people.” Racism is caused by labeling people by their skin color because genetically everyone is the same. He tried to teach his son that there no such thing as “white” or “black.” He says that the way America thinks about race is false because Americans label people based on their color of skin or religion, which is wrong. He believes race is not a reality, it is something people have created.
Racism and discrimination both mean basically the same thing. They mean to have prejudice against a specific race because they are that race/religion . They also stand for something that has been going on in the world forever. They also stand for two things that are wrong in the world. They also stand for hate.
(Doc. 6) [B]. This is another reason as to have race accepted into the culture: it gives certain people a superiority complex, imploring them to agree with what a select few believe. Essentially, it paves the way for discrimination [C]. This type of reasoning is seen further in founding
Race is a touchy subject to talk about because it can make or break a person in how they are seen or treated in society. When one puts up a certain label upon a race, it’s hard to take that away. When thinking about race, it is also natural to get ethnicity mixed up as well
1964 was an essential time period for African Americans. During the time, discrimination and segregation were so dominant. Had it not have been for the Civil Rights Act, these issues could have divided the nation into one black society and one white society. White Northerners and White Southerners were racially prejudice. In the North, riots and violent fighting was something individuals would partake in.
Racism is an issue we have dealt with for decades; we all judge people under a personal lens. Our opinions on people are shaped by our views and values. Even 100 years after Emancipation African Americans still faced continuing political and social injustice (“Civil Rights and the 1950s”). Thousands of people fought to make America more inclusive. The 1950’s hardly gave African Americans any opportunity to expand.
America is being torn apart by the differences in our skin color in a time when all should be treated equally. One step towards equality is for people to be judged on their character not on their race. This topic is all over the media with the movement, “Black Lives Matter”. Whites and Blacks have had differences for several years now and it will continue for many more, unless we do something to change these attitudes. Behind every skin tone is a person.
From the slavery of African and Native American slaves to Jim Crow laws that dominated the South in the 20th century to police brutality that currently plagues the country, race has always been divisive in America. White, African-American, Asian, Latino are all races or ethnicities that create not only a division between people, but an expected societal role. What happens when two of those divisive categories combine? What is their new label? Do they have a new role?
The Impact that Race and Class has on Wealth America is a place of potential opportunity and success. There is a possibility of prosperity for everyone, no matter one’s race, social class, or ethnicity. However, success is more easily achievable for white Americans. People of color in America have struggled for centuries with housing, jobs and education all due to their race. Even though it is not just, white Americans have had the upper hand simply because of their skin color.