Yolanda Young Engelsk B

Topics: Race and Ethnicity, Black people, United States Pages: 3 (854 words) Published: May 26, 2013
Racial discrimination has been a problem for a long time now, but with the new President in US, it looks like we are entering a new phase. Three people unlike each other, but all with “the color of coffee” as Yolanda Young neatly puts it, took time to write or speak about the matter, we all have to deal with every day without crossing any lines.

Yolanda Young is a woman of optimism, and she sees the election of Obama as president as well as his wife being the First Lady, as a turning point in history. She refers to researchers who concluded that white college students now have a preference to their own colour approximately 30% lower than previous researches. Furthermore Young gives the “black Barbies”[1], such as Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell, credit for being an influence in the magazines and in the media, and concludes that external images, especially Michelle Obama, are the change that firstly makes her day less of a struggle, and secondly the way to self-esteem. More concrete is the Attorney General Eric Holder, as he in his speech presents an idea to how USA could be more aware of it's (the countries) “racial soul”. He believes that the reason why they haven't dealt with the racial matter jet, is because their nation is full of cowards. Historical awareness, the black history that is, is what Holder trusts to be the main key to solve the problem of people being “voluntarily socially segregated”, in order to reach a society where all kinds of people are valued equally. Unlike Eric Holder, Walter Backstrom is tired of “all this political correctness”. He states that it hurts the community, because it obligates black people to feel harassed and white people to be ashamed of previous incidents. He blames the media for the social protocol: if a black man isn't smiling with he's dangerous. Whereas Backstrom would like to smile when he feels like it based on real events in his own life, and not because of his race.

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