Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

HMM? Is America really color struck

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I was having a conversation with a white blonde girl on my floor. She was born in America and then at the tender age of 2 weeks old her family moved to Africa. So she was raised there up until she finally came to college. She was explaining to me that she did not know she was “white” until she moved here. although she def. knew she not was black, she also said she never really paid any attention to what she really was because no one else pointed it out. I found that interesting. I always grew up knowing i was a black girl. She isnt the only case, when i went to my conference in VA for my Bill Gates scholarship one of the spanish girls told me she did not know she was hispanic until the age of 15, despite the name Rodriguez lol. Is America really that color conscience where people who arent from here find it odd that we focus on the color of someone’s skin and not their unique qualities and abilities.

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Written by kherbert09

October 11, 2009 at 4:11 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. yes definitely. everyone in the United States is given a race based on what they look like and then people interact with those people according to their race. Americans take note of race immediately when in contact with other people. It is an underlying tone that goes on all the time in the USA.

    al260513

    October 11, 2009 at 9:30 pm

  2. This is mostly a problem in America because everyone is always assigned an identity of sorts based on race and physical features. It has been ingrained on us as a society due to our history of racism and negative views towards immigrants.

    brecal

    October 11, 2009 at 11:54 pm

  3. I completely agree. its hard to interact with others different from your own race when the world is so racial/ethnically segregated.

    mzarandy1

    October 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

  4. I think individuals in the U.S. act this way because we are such a materialistic society and are taught to judge things and people by their outward appearance from the moment we are born.

    alinak88

    October 12, 2009 at 11:57 pm

  5. I find this very interesting. I never really considered how some people don’t recognize themselves as the race they are because of varying location. I do think this is a result of our society as is stated in previous comments.

    justinjayjones

    October 14, 2009 at 2:43 am


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