There are misconceptions about the use of race because all humans fall in the category of homosapiens. The general public most often use race in a naïve or simplistic way to categorize or differentiate people from one another. Many scholars and anthropologists have taken the position that the concept of race is a socially constructed ideologyu . In other words, society and all its people created this term to make practical distinctions among people of different traits, characteristics, and geographic ancestry. This is where racial stereotyping may occur as a result of this practice.
In contrast, Black Americans perceive that racism is a constant reality in their lives, White individuals continue to respond toward them. Micro-assaults are probably most similar that what has been called “old fashion racism because of their expression is deliberate, conscious, and explicit as seen in many countries around the globe. Racial micro-aggressions are use today towards blacks and Hispanics world-wide. Micro-aggressions reflect an unconscious worldview of White supremacy that directly assails the racial reality of non-White people. Racial micro-aggressions have an accumulative and harmful impact on people of color invalidating them as racial/cultural beings, undermining their spiritual and mental capacity, imposing a false reality on them.
Spike Lee's 1989 movie 'do the right thing' is how the racism was inflicting at that time. The most powerful part of the movie for me was racism plus the division between the different racial groups, the racism seemed to be the biggest issue in the movie along with it was powerful because it showed the viewers how much of a struggle it was for the different racial groups to live a normal life without feeling the sense of segregation between the other racial groups. It makes us all aware of how effective it was back then and how much society has changed within the racism. Everyone’s hate begins to smoulder which turns into a big explosion of violence at the very end of the film. Mise-en-scene plays a huge role in this movie.
Race and Ethnicity in the United States The information about race and ethnicity in the United States has helped me better understand or relate to a specific minority group. This group I would have to say would be all of the different ethnic groups. Each group as seen prejudice and discrimination, and still deals with it today. I have only learned that my own cultural history was racist more than I ever thought it was or could have been. I am astonished on how racist people were and are to this day.
African "American" Reparations For many decades racism has been clearly one of the biggest issues in American History. Still to this day, racism exists in every state and continues to be a social problem. Many advocates have died fighting for justice and equality. Three advocates who have been clearly the most influential include Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Randall Robinson. Although each of them had their own perspectives, their main objective was the same.
Wise would agree with the notion that race is invented by society and has no biological basis. He would also agree that people often change their ethnicity depending on their environment. Wise’s argument for change is based on whites directly addressing their own beliefs and choosing to abandon those which are prejudiced. My idea for change is to battle ignorance by increasing educational opportunities everywhere. The extensive cuts to education in the past 3 years have been devastating.
The authors also say that people do not want to feel pressured or forced to get tested because people do not want to feel as if it is a requirement; but it is. It is important to practice safe sex and not share needles if you are doing intravenous drugs. The authors also stated as follows: “Currently, in 25% of the AIDS cases in the United States, infected individuals are unaware they are HIV positive” (Driscoll). There used to be a code-based testing to make people feel more comfortable as far as confidentiality is concerned, but since the president changed the law, everyone has to be identified by name. Dirty needles are one way that you can contract this malignant disease.
Stopping racism is essential for the mollification of international relations as well as the way people view each other in any country in the world. While many people don’t like to approach the subject while many others believe all our problems are fixed, racial profiling is a real problem for the people of the world and is necessary for world peace. If racial profiling is not addressed, society will become more biased and colored peoples will never achieve the equality they deserve. ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union, explains that the US has entered a “post racial era”. Every day, people of color are targeted for searches for criminal activity and interrogations without evidence of criminal activity.
It was introduced in an effort to increase tolerance for a diversity of cultures, race, gender, ideology and alternate lifestyles. Also, political correctness tried to compel everyone to avoid using words and behaviors that discriminated or offended various groups of people. Although, political correctness was founded with good intent, it does more harm than good. The most noticeable example of harm is how political correctness proponents try to please everyone at the same time. It is impossible to try to please two sides of a population at the same time.
This system of racial interaction greatly affected the Indians and Black because the starkest contrast was whites over non-whites. Before World War II, this hierarchy was also based on immigrants, mainly Irish, and Protestant over Catholics, but after, it was solely based on color. The next, more harsh, model Fredrickson discusses is One-Way assimilation. One-Way assimilation is the assumption that as a payment for equality and participation in American society, minorities must conform to the American culture. This was most evident in early settlement America during the western movement.