Essay on Race : The Power Of An Illusion

733 Words Oct 18th, 2016 3 Pages
Velazquez, Ashley
Race: The Power of an Illusion: The Story We Tell A race is considered a difference of skin color. When I was young I remember describing my friends to my mother by their skin color. Looking back, it made me realized, not much has changed when we deal with street crimes, homicidal crime or acts of delinquency we categorize these actions through race. Society constructs our views on race and stereotypes forms the way we treat others. Many people feel racial discrimination has faded however, that is not the case. Race, Class, and Gender in the United States by Rothenberg elaborates what influential play race plays in the United States in the article Racial Formation by Michael Omi and Howard Winant. Race, as we know, is a social concept that gets implemented into our life. For instance, race throughout the years has been described as either white or black, “white is seen as a “pure” category. Any racial intermixture makes one non-white” (Rothenberg, 2014:15). When we met a person we put them in a category they can identify as and the first thing we see is color. We feel secure around people that represent our own view of oneself, in the article Omi and Winant point out the ““first thing we notice about people when we meet them is their race” (Rothenberg, 2014:16). Society put these judgments in our mind based on history or simply prejudice. The Documentary Race: The Power of an Illusion: The Story we Tell, provide a different perspective on the issue of…

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