Racism : A New Perspective On The Social Construct Essay

1153 Words Sep 25th, 2015 5 Pages
The United States has come a long way since the proverbial era of slavery that brought blatant, public, and violent discrimination against colored individuals. Also, must not limit our view of racism to just violent acts or we will miss the true identity of racism. Moreover, there are many dilemmas and problematic notions that reveal remaining hatred towards non-whites. We often incur behavior that we shrug off because they are seen as normal thought processes, but we need to examine, question and criticize ourselves, what we accept, and the way others conduct themselves. Three fallacies of racism that have been manifested over the minds of many are the Tokenistic, Ahistorical, and Individualistic fallacy. The aforementioned fallacies must be a new perspective on the social construct we have created, race.
Firstly, the first fallacy revolves around the idea of racial obstacles and lack of thereof due to colored people obtaining influential, political, and wealthy positions in society. Because of the few colored people that have attained the sought out societal statuses, the fallacy conduces the idea that aren’t any obstacles and that racism does not exist in the field of the held positions. The Tokenistic fallacy creates the misconception of making the few that are successful the rule, as opposed to the exception. As the data represents, presented by Desmond and Emirbayer (as cited in Federal Reserves Bulletin, 2009) the average net worth by race has remained drastically…

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