Essay on Living Color : Race And American Culture

1864 Words Nov 7th, 2016 8 Pages
In Michael Omi’s essay “In living Color: Race and American Culture,” he describes how racism still exists today, but portrayed differently than just a few decades ago. First, Omi discusses how overt racism (openly showing one’s racism) does not seem as popular today as with generations before us. For example, the Ku Klux Klan became highly popular in terrorizing, murdering, and assaulting minorities. Today, the Ku Klux Klan has become less popular, but we still run into overt racism, such as when Al Campanis stated that blacks do not hold management positions in big industries because the African American community contributes more to society as athletes (Omi 540). Al Campanis theory states that due to the African Americans body structure and stereotypically not having a higher education they only benefit American life in the department of sports. Omi then talks about how inferential racism projects as stereotypical characteristics, however, has become extremely popular in our culture (qtd. Omi 539). For example, in cartoons, the light skinned (white) princess has a characterization of a rich lifestyle and a higher education while the darker skinned princess will typically have a poor lifestyle along with little or no education. Just like in the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog. Not many people take these so-called jokes offensive because they find it funny. Omi then explains the ideology of otherness, when people compare each other by race or culture. For example,…

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