Racism Essay

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Racism, when one ethnic group or historical collectivity dominates, excludes or seeks to eliminate another on the basis of differences that it believes are hereditary and unalterable. We are taught racism through entertainment, education, family, and strangers. Racism is not something that can easily be untaught or even untaught at all. Although we can’t unlearn it, can we change our own and other people’s perceptions of it through art? We can, but it will be difficult because we already have these ideas set in our minds. Ways that perceptions can be changed are through; images, music, and films. Usually, things like paintings and images in magazines are filled with white people. For centuries black people appeared in art as slaves or exotic novelties. It’s rare to see a person of colour be the center of focus, because people have been taught to have this idea that “beautiful” is a white female with blonde hair and blue eyes, and women of colour don’t compare. Kerry James Marshall wants to challenge racist ideas. He said “to me, equality means that I would be as likely to see black figures as anybody else.” Marshall has a point, why is it that we are always seeing white people everywhere, but never the same amount of coloured people? Why are we taught that white people are so much better than everyone else? We believe it because for years and years white people were “better” than other races. The white race has dominated many industries for centuries, which makes them appear more dominate. Although in the past we were used to seeing white people everywhere, it’s beginning to change. Now you look at art, and magazines and you see more people of colour, it’s not the same old white female with blonde hair and blue eyes, people are beginning to realize white is not the only colour out there, and white people are not the only ones who matter. Another way that art

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