The Color Of Black And White Essays

795 Words Nov 6th, 2015 4 Pages
At the Bottom of the Color Hierarchy in Post-Racial America
The opposing natures of black and white have endured controversy for centuries. The color black has evolved past several meanings in the course of history. In Ancient Eastern times, the hue represented power and magnitude, a great sign of wealth and life. Yet, as the centuries have progressed and new civilizations formed, the once encouraging color’s image has faded and taken its resigned role as a mark of impurity. Color prejudice has established a deep resentment within America’s roots. The disparity that lies between the teachings of early civilizations versus those taught now highlights the biased values advertised in Western society. The teachings of prior Ancient philosophers provide no scientific backing to negativity held against the color black. Yet, the same negative disposition spreads to other cultures, more often against the symbol as a cultural sign. Western culture globalizes a negative depiction of the color black both in a symbolic and ethnic sense.
Throughout Western history, objects, as well as people, grouped under the title of ‘black’ are often seen as impure and inferior. While the background behind the color expands too far back to document, there are several issues argued concerning its importance. Within these arguments include its progression into a cultural identity. American culture as a whole has shifted the public’s view of the color black to one of an adverse nature. Though many in…

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