Racial Profiling And Racial Identity Essay

1295 Words Nov 10th, 2015 6 Pages
Race is a common factor when commenting on a person who is trying to define who they are and identify themselves in a group of people. The fact however lies that race is not a biological concept as stated by and is rather a social perception. The way one chooses to identify their race and who they are as a whole plays a part on who they are and sometimes even their social class within the life they live. Through racialization and racial formation both in and out of the Americas even Susie Phipps was able to identify that even if you have an ounce of black you are considered black in the US because it is a way to identify as a social concept and ideological process along with Omi and Winant 's thought process.

Racial identity is the classification system used to categorize humans into larger groups by cultural, ethnical, and even geographical aspects. Throughout my semester in ADW and growing I have come to see the parts of our identity that do capture the attention are those that other people notice, and reflect back to us. While reading I have discovered that there may be countless ways one might be defined as exceptional, there are at least seven categories of “otherness” commonly experienced in U.S. society. These categories of otherness are race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age and physical and mental ability. Each of these categories have some type of oppression attached them such as racism, sexism, classism, ageism and many more. As I…

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