The Issue of Race and Ethnic Classification as a Crucial Topic of Interest in the United States
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The issue of race and ethnic classification remains a crucial topic of interest in the United States. Different minority groups continue to express their outcry over being marginalized based on their ethnicity and skin color.
Race lacks any biological characteristics or a definition, which can make it acceptable in society and real. A race is not real and lacks measuring standards (‘Myth of Race, Debunked in 3 Minutes’). Racism discriminates people concerning their skin color, and the unfortunate thing is that some skin tones are considered superior to others. Race emerged through the construction of social order by colonials when they decided to shift the perception of African slaves as people not worthy of any civilization and denied them rights that were available for their masters. As a way to further their agenda and suppress the enslaved Africans, they developed a social order by raising the status of the whites through the allocation of land to further alienate them from the slaves (Race, Ethnicity, and Class 256).
How it works
Many advertisements and commercial ideas in the media focus on being “white” which leads to further suppression those of different skin color. Beauty creams and products use the faces of white people and thus lowers the self- esteem of people of color who conceptualize the message to indicate a race towards changing their physical appearance to match that of the white. These ideas on beauty reinforce racial hierarchies by portraying one skin color as the dominant color amongst the rest. Google searches according to the video extract indicate that results from multiple searches on beauty and a higher representation of the whites, which is wrong as it shows how much the message of racial superiority is communicated in the society.
I agree with Dr. Black Hawk (DeBosi) in that as we dig deeper into communities, which are marginalized, you will find that they have in some way accepted their position in the society. This acceptance can be demonstrated by the scenarios of parents feeding negative information to their children concerning certain features such as hair. In addition, the people who have done better in the society end up playing the racial card to their fellow kin as indicated by the case of Dr. Valerie Johnson (DeBosi) who was turned down from a job by a fellow member of the African-American ancestry because of her hair. A community might find itself complicit to the same treatment that it receives from the society by despising and abandoning their culture (Boswell) to fit in a world that they think is superior.
In her Five tips to being an ally, Chescaleigh describes the term privilege to anyone who might feel inclined to assist the minority groups in fighting for their rights, even though the help does not belong to any of the marginalized groups. The privilege she talks about is not being able to go through some experiences in life based on the fact that one belongs to a group held superior by society. She gives an excellent example that though one might want to offer help to people, it is best first to figure out the rights that one enjoys that those they are providing their support to do not possess. Greenberg offers insight through examples of how the white privilege is a real issue in the society whereby the law is especially strict on African-Americans than on the whites. The community is lenient when white privilege is put to the test; thus, indicating that the culturally constructed order that places the white on top of the racial hierarchy is real. The privilege is a cultural world view since the treatment of the minorities remains the same throughout the land.
Rahman narrates the story of reverse racism humorously to indicate how the white can use stand-up comedy and humor to communicate racism. Since they do not understand the pain that the minorities went through, going back in time and subjecting them to what the minorities were subjected by the colonial masters would be the only ideal way for the whites to walk in the shoes of the minorities. By using humor and empathy, society can be made aware of the effects of racism (‘Aamer Rahman (Fear of a Brown Planet) – Reverse Racism’).