Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

M&Ms

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A good analogy in regards to race is that all people are like m&ms. Differently colored on the outside, but very much the same on the inside. I found a video that talks about this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBwFqudGac8

At one point, he talks about how he thinks that interracial marriage and subsequent interracial children could lead to the destruction of racism. I think that this could end racism but it would be a way that would just happen naturally over time. It is not really something that the government or other agencies could enforce. Also, there is a danger that everyone would still be racist but it would be in terms of skin shade or how light or dark it is versus actual literal race or ethnicity.

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Written by victorianelson

November 2, 2009 at 3:02 pm

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  1. I understand that people do have many similarities on the inside despite how different they may look on the outside, but I feel like we tend to think that everyone is identical on the inside when in fact, race and culture play a big part in the way we think and feel about certain issues.

    kellerae

    November 2, 2009 at 3:44 pm

  2. It’s very hard for people to get past established and frequently reinforced ideas (paradigms) such as racist beliefs. Although we may acknowledge that we are all same on the inside, the fact that we are different on the outside (no matter how little or how great) is still a point of contention. Visual stimuli are strong, especially when certain derogatory ideas are pinned to them, which often makes it difficult for people see beyond.

    I do agree with the notion that over time things will improve, but I still feel racism will persist. Just as people favor some colors over others, people always favor some groups over others.

    zsayed

    November 2, 2009 at 9:19 pm

  3. I don’t think that we’ll ever completely get rid of racism just from interracial marriage. I think that people’s preferences for their partner is inherent and dependent on how well the two people get along, not because of the fact that they are of the same race. I think when you try to look at the US and count how many interracial couples there are and say that there aren’t enough is like saying “what you like is wrong…like this instead.” I don’t think racism is dependent on interracial couples at all and I don’t think that there being more interracial couples will change anything.

    justinjayjones

    November 9, 2009 at 1:36 am


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