Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Racism in the family

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Being Hispanic you would think I’ve had to deal with a lot of racism, but that isn’t the case. I attended a High school that was over ninety-five percent Hispanic and lived in a city that inhabits over ninety-two percent Hispanics, making more of the majority more than minority. Growing up I would see a lot of racism in families, they would drill their kids with these stereotypes of other races and sometimes even chose who they were allowed to hang out with. I see a lot of people explaining how the media plays a big role, but I think racism in the family is just as important when discussing racism and why it still exist. I think a lot of these kids today are “racist” because their families teach them how to be consciously and subconsciously and should be held accountable just as much as the media is. We all need to collectively teach our family and future family members that racism is not ok. The discrimination past generations faced before is not the same we deal with today. Although we don’t see it, discrimination laws have allowed us to take steps in the right direction toward an equal society and it’s up to us to teach our kids what’s right and what’s wrong.


Written by dtrincado

September 12, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I agree with you on this topic. I believe whether we realize it or not, racism is taught to children by their families. Although, as you said, the media is partly responsible, we cannot discredit family influence over children’s views of race.
    However, I think that regardless of discrimination laws, this pattern will continue unless we as a society do something different with the way we raise our children. The law may regulate what is legal or not, but it wont affect the way people think or raise a family, the law usually follows after the society has deemed that law necessary.


    September 12, 2009 at 10:12 pm

  2. I have to agree with you as well. Racism is not just practiced by whites, but minority groups also have to an extent stereotypes they hold about other groups. It is sad that this should happen in such a diverse community, but it is the fault of many older generations passing on these stereotypes to their children. It is one thing to see it in the media, but if your parents are reinforcing these ideas at home you are more likely to hold these stereotypes to be true.


    September 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm

  3. I completely agree. Racism does run within families. The lack of communication in reality ends up creating racism. If families talk more about the issue and why its out there in the world maybe children can start understanding that people are different at a young age, eliminating some racism in the world.


    September 14, 2009 at 3:35 am

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