I believe that the word "Race" is a little outdated and misused, since the word was used mostly to differentiate animals that looked alike but with different characteristics. Of course we are also animals (mammals), but we should not classify among us the same way. Now days if you think this way about humans you can be looked as "Racist", which is still very common in this country even though we like to think is not (Rothenberg, Judith Lorber, Section 5). I don't think race (the way we look/skin color) makes us different from each other, but our culture, education, ethics, morals among other things. But our not too far ancestors were a little ignorant on this concept, and classified themselves apart from who ever looked different from them (Rothenberg 7). We can see the psychological effects of this by feeling accepted among certain groups, and reject minorities. Time has expanded our knowledge on this issue, and it has decreased over time in a great percentage; but sadly it still exists. People today like to think about themselves as "American", I think that comes from perception of their own culture since America is a continent not a country. This concept has separated our racial perception, in a sense of where do certain ethnicities belong. There are some people accept all their diversity in cultures, others hide it and oppress the rest (The psychological problem of being accepted).I think we should feel proud to be an "American" or any type of culture we best relate to, especially in this country where diversity is so great. But never forget our past/ancestors and respect other's too.
There is a theory explained in the video “The Real Eve” that proposes that our DNA can traced back to "Eve" (the first human female) and that we all come from that same descendant. This theory mentions that we multiplied and migrated to different parts of the world from various African locations, this means that we are all “Brothers and Sisters” as a lot of ancient writings classify us. Scientist proved this to be true (at least for now until another Paradigm shift occurs), then why can't we change the way we see each other? The problem in my opinion occurs in ignorance (not well informed) or they just stick to what they have been taught by their parents which is most cases is an ignorant point of view as well. I hope that this could change and more people educated themselves in the subject allowing time to diminish this problem in the near future. Jane Elliott experimented with the ideology of "invisible whiteness"; she used "White" kids in this exercise and made them feel that brown eyed people are less important than blue color eyes instead of using skin differentiation. The kid’s immediately started complaining and defending themselves, and told her that this idea was ridiculous and cannot be accepted. She really pushed it, to really make them see that this is what people feel when they are discriminated by the color of their skin (Jane Elliott, A Class Divided/Video). We must analyze this and understand the problem in depth in order to change it; is almost impossible to change something in society or in one-self if the problem is not well understood.
Based on this information, I don't think that we live in a "color-blind society" today; I believe that certain views have changed but have not been completely eliminated. A good example is Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. who experienced racial discrimination in different levels. A 911 call was placed by a neighbor when they saw him struggling to get into his home; people thought he was trying to break in since he was black and was wearing a sweater and a backpack. The police arrived after he was already inside his home, asked him to identify himself. He did and also explained that he was a professor at Harvard, and again the police asked for proof. When the professor clarified the misunderstanding, the police should have apologized for the misunderstanding and explained that they were responding to a 911 call and left him alone. Instead, the police arrested him when he stepped out of his home (Arrest of Black Men/Video). It’s hard to believe that a professor at Harvard, cooperating with the law, and with no criminal record had to experience this. We need to change, but until ethnic groups or minorities stop insulting themselves by bringing up stereotype criticisms like "Niger, Beaner, Ricer, Etc." how can we change? We need to exclude this view and learn that color, political views, economic advantages, religion, sex, etc. are not factors that make us better than others but what we are inside as a person.
I like to think that we have overcome some of these racial manifestations into a more positive society, especially after a “Black Man” was elected president of this country; now for a second term. But after listening to Michelle Alexander in the video “Mass Incarceration and Jim Crow”, I am not sure exactly how fast things are progressing. She explains that this system has not gone away but masked in order to keep segregation and discrimination with the use of new policies and laws. It is mentioned that the election of President Obama made people think that we entered a new era where Jim Crow was eliminated, but instead created this mask that was mentioned before (Mass Incarceration and Jim Crow/Video). I believe things can change even more if we are tolerant and able to communicate with each other better, without judging or mutual discrimination. We could learn a few things from each other, and then our society will take a whole new direction in a very positive way. Propaganda has affected a lot in today’s society; it has taken us sometime to grow out of it. But I think is time for us to change as a whole and learn from each other.
Race, Class, and Gender in the US. Rothenberg (Book) - http://www.neebo.com/Textbook/race-class-and-gender-in-the-united-statesb9781429217880/ISBN-9781429217880
Elimination of Racial Descrimination (Picture) - http://services.flikie.com/view/v3/android/wallpapers/33576754
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Video) - http://www.democracynow.org/2010/3/11/legal_scholar_michelle_alexander_on_the
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. on his arrest (Video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC3-Pjxksus
Brown eyes and blue eyes (Children Session Video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bWlTZZN3DY
The Real Eve (Video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAXt2AUwPm0
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