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Is the Emphasis on a Color-Blind Society an Answer to Racism?

By schoni365 Nov 15, 2011 1367 Words
Schondra Chavers
Prof. Cohen
AMH 2091
MoWeFr 10:10-11am
21 October 2011
Four-page essay
Is the emphasis on a Color-Blind Society an Answer to Racism? Racism is a topic that has always been controversial for a countless number of years. It has been a serious topic since the beginning of America. Everyone has been a victim of racism at least one time in their life; no matter what race they may be. But what is racism? Racism is a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others. People have been trying to find a “cure” to racism for a very long time. “What is the answer to racism?” is a question that is asked a lot. Some people say that a color-blind society is the answer. I do not believe that emphasis on a color-blind society is the answer to racism. I don’t think that emphasis on a color-blind society is the answer to racism for two reasons, but the main reason is because society has never been color-blind. For hundreds of years, America has treated race as if it is the most important thing about a person. Race was the main focus in the slave trade, slavery, and the civil rights years. Sadly, race is still the main focus today as well. Being color-blind is something that America has never done so it would be nearly impossible to put emphasis on it. Trying to make America color-blind Is like trying to get a cat to bark. It is absolutely ludicrous to try to use color-blindness to stop racism. America doesn’t even know what being color-blind entails. It would be extremely difficult for our society to become color-blind. All we know is judging people by color because it has been that way since day one. I can proudly say that society has come a long way when it comes to racism. The civil rights movement helped end the segregation and earn all rights for African-Americans, and the percent of racist people has gone down. Even though black people now have the same rights as white people, there is still racism between the two races. There is racism between all races, but I consider the racism between the black race and the white race to be the worst. I don’t think it's possible to make our society color-blind when all we know is to see color. Each and every generation has been raised to see the racial difference in people. I feel that racism will always be present because that’s what America is based off of. Im not saying that everyone is our society is racist but I do know that everyone, deep down, cares about everyone else’s race; whether they admit it or not. It seems that no one, including me, can help the fact that they may judge someone off of their race. I definitely admit that there have been occasions where I’ve judged a person off of their race. Another reason why I strongly believe that emphasis on a color-blind society is not the answer to racism is because our society keeps racism alive by stereotypes. A stereotype is a set of inaccurate, simplistic generalizations about a group that allows others to categorize them and treat them accordingly. Everyone has heard all of the ridiculous stereotypes about each race. According to stereotypes, all black people love fried chicken and watermelon, Hispanics produce too many children, and Asians are horrible drivers. These stereotypes may seem true, but they are definitely not. I think that stereotypes seem true because it is all you see on television. For example, you may see a Hispanic on television, but only as a housekeeper. One common stereotype that you see in the media is a black person doing something illegal such as robbing a store, dealing drugs, or shooting someone. Stereotypes are never true because everyone is different and your race shouldn’t tell you what to like, how to live or who to be. Stereotypes are what people live by nowadays. Sadly, each race is starting to believe and embrace the stereotypes made about them; by doing this, were keeping racism alive. The more our society starts to claim the stereotypes, the sooner we actually start to become the stereotypes. Stereotypes keep racism alive because it keeps the races separated by saying that all races do different things. All races come from a different culture, so we do have our own way of doing things; but at the end of the day, we are all just people. One time, I was watching “The Tyra Show” and she had an episode that showed biracial people that didn’t like one side of their race due to stereotypes. Not only did these people despise one of their races, but they also didn’t even claim the race. This episode is a perfect example as to why I know that emphasis on a color-blind society will never be the answer to racism. Both racism and stereotypes, which is a form of racism, have a way of separating races from one another. Therefore, stereotypes are blocking the demolishment of racism. In my opinion, a “color-blind” society does not even exist, at least not in this day in age. Racism will continue to thrive as long as stereotypes are still alive. The society is keeping stereotypes alive by claiming and embracing them, therefore, people are keeping racism alive. The sad part is that our society doesn’t even realize it. So if a color-blind society is not the answer to racism, then what is? Personally, I don’t think there is an answer. Racism is one of the many things that America was built on and it’s all we know. From the beginning, we have separated ourselves by race; It’s like second nature. It’s virtually impossible to change the way an entire society thinks when they as well as their ancestors were raised that way. I know that we have come a long way but racism will always be a part of society. Some people never change, and it’s not their fault because they were raised that way. I don’t find it sad that there is no answer to racism because it’s just one of the things that we all have to deal with in life. Life will never be perfect and we all have to deal with problems such as racism. We have to deal with criminals, war, and recessions, so dealing with racism is no exception. Racism should not be such an issue to people because you should never let racist people have any of your attention. Our society should realize that we will always have to deal with racist people but not letting them get to us is how we move on with our lives. Personally, I don’t get riled up when I find myself in a racist situation. Personally, I don’t get riled up when I find myself in a racist situation. We should never let a racist person’s ignorance bring us down. At the end of the day, we will always have to deal with racism. Trying to find an “answer” seems like a waste of time. There are much more important things that need attention than racism. In closing, it still seems that putting emphasis on a color-blind society is not and will never be an answer to racism. Racism is one of the things that will probably never be solved. I do think it’s sad that racism will never die, but that’s life. Trying to color-blind a society will be a waste of time because it’s just unrealistic. You can never make a society color-blind when they have been seeing color since the beginning of time. Racism will never have an answer because you will never be able to change people.

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