Loring Brace from the University of Michigan states that racial categories for human kind are, “arbitrary and meaningless,” because she strongly feels that in our society, race is defined merely based on our perceptions. She uses examples of how a long time ago people thought the earth was flat because that was the commonly shared “perception,” when it was later in fact found that the world is round. Though her arguments are compelling Gill maintains that his perceptions of race are not purely defined by political correctness. In fact he makes a strong argument that classifying people based on their geographic region is less confusing that using words such as Negroid, Caucasoid,
For many years now, people have claimed to be “colorblind” to racism to they are not racist. This is usually followed by a statement explaining that they do not see a person’s color because we are all human. Although race is socially constructed, our ethnicities, nationalities, race and cultural experiences make us unique and discounting those experiences under the guise of colorblindness just is not right. Colorblindness creates a society that denies our negative racial experiences, rejects our cultural heritage and invalidates our unique perspectives. After centuries of giving value to the color of a person’s skin, attempting to push race aside now also pushes aside the struggles that many people have gone through because of the value placed on their skin.
Although this is a different type of racism as before, it is still an example of racism. While talking about how Obama helped his friend, an African American, in a situation, this author says he is a racist “because he, like his friend Gates, automatically assumed the white police officer acted stupidly" (1). This is racist because Obama, rather than considering that his African American friend does wrong, automatically assumes that the white police officer has does wrong. Also, even racist picture cameras exist today. The blink feature has been standardized for Americans’ eyes, not Asians’.
When people believe they are not being racist, subconsciously they are they just don’t realize when they do it. Racism is always being used to judge others based on their skin color, where they are from or what they are wearing. Even the African-Americans will show racism towards Caucasians, Mexicans, Indians and other African Americans. The unfortunate truth is that racism exists among all races, and not just African-Americans. Works Cited "A Raisin in the Sun Questions."
Every race has people that are discriminatory and this includes groups lime the black panthers other African supremacy groups are just as guilty in the category if racist groups as the KKK. The problem with hate groups are that they skew views people have about other races causing them to themselves become racist subconsciously. Studies have taken place at Stanford university as well as the university at California berkley that have studied racism and subconscious racism are still a very prominent aspect of humanity. Part of the problem in the unsuccessful attempts to kill racism is that there are people who don't admit that it's real anymore. Acceptance is a viable part if repentance.
Now I have learned that all races don’t live up to their stereotypes that people give them. When you think of racism most people think of Blacks vs. Whites. Racism is the belief that race is a primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial difference produce an inherent superiority of a particular race. Anybody can be racist towards any race.
Also Newton refers to discrimination as an act of injustice towards the receiver. For example, if a woman is turned down for a job because a male with the same qualifications was also interviewed and received the position due to his gender. Newton doesn’t agree with this injustice but also wonders since more people are realizing that not choosing persons due to their gender or race is discrimination, if they are giving women and or African Americans special treatment so that their company can look diverse and nondiscriminatory. If true, then the rest of workers are now having the bulk of injustice done to them. Newton states, “It is, then, an ironic paradox” (414).
There is a general acknowledgment that without a racial identity you my struggle to have an identity at all. This is due to how people use racial categories to provide an idea to what another person is like. Such assumptions on personalities is tied into preconceived notions that different race’s act differently. This is a great stereotyping which helps reveal what race is in society. It shows how it could be used to fuel racism, it also shows how people use it as a way to gauge other people.
Phase 1 IP Diversity in American Life What is racism? It is when individuals treat people differently, negatively or positively, because of the color of their skin color. As sad as it is, it exists in our world today. There are many different levels of racism. We have the ignorance of the Klu Klux Klan, the fear of Hitler and the Jews and the whites against the Native Americans.