The Formation Of Social Constructions Through The Dismal Synthesis Of Race And Color

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The formation of social constructions through the dismal synthesis of race and color is defined by the ever-changing social hierarchy and the fixed behavior performed by distinct races. Because the notion of race acts upon a color continuum, there are set categories that are built from the complete subjection of blacks upwards to the dominance of whites. Within this continuum lie definite subcategories of ‘black’ and ‘white’. The paradox of the permanent yet ephemeral idea of race and color is further complicated with the static, yet changeable perception of one’s racial identity through behavior and social accomplishments. Anthropologist L. Kaifa Roland defines this process as whitening, or blanqueamiento, where anyone can advance up the race-color continuum by the closeness of their physical characteristics to white, or their behavior in society. This race-color mechanism that dually shapes perceptions about self-identity as well as experiences between people of different identities is defined through Junot Diaz’ short story and L. Kaifa Roland’s book. Color and race define identity and the experience of those identities through the performance of specific behavior and the position of one’s social class. The experience of Dominican character Junior in “How to Date a Brown Girl, Black Girl, White Girl, or Halfie” is the direct result of the race-color continuum that defines both his identity as well as the girls involved. Primarily, Junior begins to explain…

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