Passing - Racism Within A Race

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Racism Within A Race What is racism within a race? Many of us, in today’s society, are familiar with the meaning of this phrase. It is more common to see the same race being prejudice toward each other than toward people of different ethnic backgrounds. Racism has been around for many decades, and continues to uphold in our society today. Colorism, or “racism within a race,” has become a bigger problem in recent years then in the past. There are many different motives that can relate to colorism. Jealously, background, and envy seem to be the main causes for this problem. Jealously is something most people are common with and have experienced in their lifetime. Racism within a race can be centered on jealously. In Nella Larson’s book, Passing, this motive is one of the main themes surrounding the story. The two main characters, Irene and Clair, are both jealous of each other to the point where hatred toward each other becomes a part of their lives. Jealously within the same race can raise tensions even higher then what they might already be. One reason jealously is common in the same race is because we may think that because we are of the same ethnic group our lives should be similar. Our own race will also often judge us on our background. How we are raised, where we come from, who we are with, and many other aspects influence our backgrounds. For example, one person who is raised in a financially stable home probably would not get along with another person, of the same race, who is raised on a stricter budget simply because the two people have different backgrounds. We can look around in society and point out the different types of people by just watching how they act. We want to know and be able to communicate with people who have more in common with us, instead of opening up and accepting everyone. This colorism probably occurs

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