Racial Formation Essay

622 Words Feb 27th, 2013 3 Pages
Omi and Winant I. Racial Formations A. Susie Guillory Phipps vs. The State of Louisiana 1. Susie Guillory Phipps sued the state of Louisiana over the right to change her racial classification from black to white 2. Due to state law which states anyone with one-thirty-second “negro blood” in them was to be classified as black
3. Her case was lost and her classification was unchanged B. Racial Categories on Birth Certificates 1. The assignments of racial categories on birth certificates was argued to be unconstitutional by Brian Begue attorney for Susie Guillory Phipps 2. Assistant Attorney General Ron Davis argued to be necessary to comply with federal record keeping requirements
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1. The affiliation with the subordinate rather than the superordinate group in order to avoid the ambiguity of intermediate identity
2. White and any racial mixtures make one nonwhite. Meaning any trace of nonwhite blood and you are considered the minority race no matter how little the trace maybe
3. Passing means to identify with a race you are not assigned to be
IV. Racial Ideology and Racial Identity
A. Identity
1. Race is usually other than gender the first thing we notice about people upon meeting them
2. Race gives clues to who a person is, without racial identity one is in danger of having no identity

B. Ideology

1 There are preconceived notions of what each racial group should look like which feed into stereotypes as to how one should act or look like based on their race
2. Race has become a common sense way of comprehending, explaining and acting in the world
3. Skin color and other physical characteristics supposedly provide clues differences such as temperament, sexuality, intelligence, athletic ability and so on
4. Continuing with the stereotypes is the media who feeds into what certain races should be like and adhere their characters as such V. Racialization: The Historical Development of Race A. Racialization 1. Signifies a race to people when is was not before

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