Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

When can skin be just a color?

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I overheard a conversation that fellow residents were having at my apartment complex the other day and I immediately thought of our class.

The apartments are located near sorority row and are not considered to be in a “bad” area of town whatesoever.  They were two white girls walking up the stairs and one of them was talking about how she was so scared yesterday walking home after class because half-way up the stair-well she realized a male was climbing up the stairs behind her.  Her friend responded with “why is that weird…we have male neighbors in our complex.”  The girl that was “followed” then said “ya, but he was a black male.”

It’s strange that after the girl that was telling the story stated that the man was black, the situation and her fear was understood.  Perhaps the girls knew all of their neighbors and there were no black males that lived there, but what if he was a friend of someone?  There’s a good chance we could ask those two girls if they consider themselves as racist, and there’s a good chance that they will so no…but they are definitely contributing to society’s realm of “racism without racists.”

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Written by jubol

September 19, 2009 at 3:42 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. As much as it would be amazing and awesome to have all the races of the world equal, especially in America, it just doesnt seem possible to accomplish this in our lifetime at the current rate of progress.

    I am completely not a racist. I really do have black friends. And yet, when I walk down the street at night and there’s a black man, I react with wariness. It feels wrong, but thats how society has conditioned me, and I can only do so much to overcome it.

    ahartzog

    September 19, 2009 at 10:06 pm

  2. If someone is creepily follwing me up the stairs, I don’t care what their skin color is, it freaks me out.

    As for the friend understanding her friend’s fear after mentioning that the man was black, that’s a product of society. Blacks are unjustly portrayed as criminals and trouble makers. While it’s wrong, it’s socially accepted. To penalize people for what they’ve been conditioned into isn’t necessarily right though. The entire system has to change, not just one person.

    lehnertsl

    March 19, 2010 at 6:53 pm


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