African American Racial Identity Summary

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Racial Identity, Misrepresentation and African American Culture In this story, Stephen Balkaran criticizes the United States racial structure and the way people approach the issue of racial identity. The article bases its argument on the back of a recent story that involved the current Washington Spokesman for NAACP, Rachel Dolezal. According to the story, Rachel is white, but has been posing as an African American inside an institution that stands to protect the rights of African American individuals and ensure their full integration into the United States society. This has caused a lot of concern within the United States social ranks with stakeholders embodying divided opinions in the issue. One group is not happy with the fact that she …show more content…
It is safe to say that he gets this perfectly right based on the way Rachel’s parent react to her ‘new’ racial identity and the way members of the social order treat the in-formation that she is not African American, she is white. The emotional connection between Rachel and her parents is quite weak and the way that they reveal her racial identity is shock-ing and disappointing at the same time. According to the story, the parents claim that there is no any trace of African American in her blood. This immediately indicates detest and lack of desire to associate with members of a different race, which qualifies the author’s assessment of the way Americans still struggle with racial diversity. On the question of how much racial identity weights, the author turns to the way people react to this news. Some of them com-pletely ignore her accomplishments and get enraged at the fact that she is white, working in an African American organization. This proves the author’s assertion that a lot of people still have high regard for racial …show more content…
Throughout the story, he effectively builds his credibility by providing details on the subject matter and building his story from an actual event. This way, he is able to draw conclusions through personal analysis and what is actually happening on the ground. Being able to do so cements his credibility and ensures that the audience trusts the information that he puts forth. The author also allows the audience an opportunity to scratch their heads by using logical

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