The United States in the Face of Racism

29 Mar
Changing the Social Norm

Changing the Social Norm

This blog will undertake the daunting task of attempting to understand, represent and analyze the instances of racism in American history and present day contemporary media in order to illustrate it’s ongoing existence in America despite popular opinion of reform.  While I believe this blog will be informative, interesting and educational– I do not feel it will be able to entirely scope the real problem that still exists here in America; I however am confident that it will help provide perspective for those who are still ignorant to such concepts.

American history has been plagued with instances of racism that extends much further commonly known rise of slavery that was existent in the 16th to 19th century.

Race and it’s configuration into the black white binary was a socially and institutionally formed construct in order to oppress individuals who were not considered white. The Black / White binary refuses to see race farther than the definitions of white or non-white– those who were considered in the latter category of non-white (black, mixed, Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern) would then suffer a loss of privilege in modern society. This was not an accident and it was done in order to control the social class and hierarchy of privilege in America.

When considering that this racism was imposed upon anyone who was not considered white, we understand that socially we overlook many individuals who have been touched by the hand of racism. One of the most common instances of unrepresented racism in America is the forced immigration and assimilation of Chicano and Chicana individuals in America.
For further reading on the Chicano and Chicana Movement and the Mexican-American War– please continue here.

While we tend to feel confident that America has changed and developed a new standard of multiculturalism we are sadly extremely wrong. While we may be on the cusp of such acceptance and adherence to national differences– we certainly have not overcome racism in America just yet.

American’s often tend to state that they “don’t pay attention to race” and that it’s best to “practice colorblindness” in order to avoid racism without knowing that those are actually the most enforcing notions of racism that is still experienced today.

Using colorblindness as away to address those who are Mexican, Japanese, Black, Indian or any other race simply ignores the hardships they have endured historically and personally because of their nationality and the experiences they have had because of it. Being “colorblind” to those issues reaffirms your privilege as an American, and perhaps a white American, to not have to worry about those social constructs that have hindered them before. Awareness to race, culture and nationality promotes understanding, acceptance and tolerance of one another.

 

I plan to investigate American History, pop culture, social imagery and the media in order to support my argument that racism is still existent in America today and perhaps uncover instances of American racism that were unknown to many.

 

Support multiculturalism.

Represent your culture and your national origin.

Respect everyone.

 

Amber Murray

March 30, 2011

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