Racism: Race and People

Topics: Race and Ethnicity, Discrimination, Racism Pages: 3 (799 words) Published: October 11, 2011
Racism takes place all around the world, but most people think it takes place only between Black and White. I learned by reading the articles, it does not place only between Black and Whites but also against different ethnicities also. Many people discriminate other people in my group I found one thing in common. “A different Mirror” Ronald Takaki, “Seeing More Than Black and White” by Elizabeth Martinez, and in “Can We Talk” by Beverly Daniel Tatum the authors talk about their expensive as minorities and being victims to racism.

The first article I read was “A Different Mirror” by Ronald Takaki. In the article the author talks about his incident with a cab driver. When he first enters the driver’s cab they greet each other very nicely and talk about the city they are in. As the conversation continues the cab driver asks him if he was born in America or not because he does not have an accent at all. He replies to the cab driver and tell him he was born in America but his parents are immigrants from China. The conversation turns awkward and both the author and cab driver remain silent because they are from different ethnicities, the cab driver glances at the author from the rear view mirror knowing they are divided by modern society. When Ronald Takaki first entered the cab, the driver assumed he would have an accent because of his physical appearance (Chinese). People have stereotypes towards many more ethnicities not just towards Blacks and Chinese. The other ethnicities that are also stereotyped are the Hispanics, Orientals, Arab-American, and Latinos just because of their appearance.

“Seeing More Than Black and White” by Elizabeth Martinez describes how racism is not only between Black and Whites, but it happens to other minorities also. In this article Elizabeth Martinez talks about how racism and stereotypes do not just take place by Whites discrimination against Blacks, but Whites discriminating against Hispanics, Orientals,...
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