Essay about Racism, Race, And Race

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Traditionally, growing up as a Caucasian, especially in the United States, one never considers racism an issue. In the Western civilization, race places a vital role in determing one’s class and status. Historically, “the development of the concept of race can be traced back to Aristotle’s doctrine of genus, species, difference, property, and accident” (Mulvaney 2016, 1). For instance, “in the 19th century, societies with imperialistic tendencies used the concept of race to their advantage” (Mulvaney 2016, 1). As a result, the White race is perceived as the superior race, while Minorities are perceived as racially oppressed in order to maintain and defend a system of wealth, power, and privilege. Therefore, “good reasons were needed to justify the conquest and exploitation of so-called ‘inferior races’” (Mulvaney 2016, 2). The main issue with white privilege is that it is the what-I-do-not-see cannot touch me syndrome. In the U. S, white privilege can exist without white people 's conscious knowledge of its presence and it helps to maintain the racial hierarchy in this country. According to McIntosh, “in my class and place, I did not see myself as a racist because I was taught to recognize racism only in individual acts of meanness by members of my group, never in invisible systems conferring unsought racial dominance on my group from birth” (McIntosh 2012, 125). In her work, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, McIntosh explains that, growing up as a Caucasian…

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