Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

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I was talking to my friend the other day and he told me he got pulled over for speeding when he was only doing about 2 miles over the speed limit (if that). He then told me that the cop had not been running radar, but had pulled up behind him for a little while and then pulled him over. ( I should mention that my friend is a dark Indian.) He said it was racial profiling and I believe him because he has gotten pulled over before and learned his lesson. Seeing the distress that he went through made me angry. Why does it happen? Why do people waste their time assuming things and getting caught up on physical appearance when there are horrible things happening around the corner? Because he doesn’t want to get darker, my friend never goes to the beach with us, and aside from tennis season, he rarely goes outside. This just shows how not only people who are not white are treated badly, but also how, as a whole, American culture, still puts down blacks. To rob someone of that kind of freedom because they are afraid of becoming too dark is ridiculous. It shouldn’t happen to anyone.

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Written by lehnertsl

January 30, 2010 at 12:57 am

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  1. This example reminds me of something we talked about in another sociology course, the Sociology of Women. We examined some commercials and advertisements from different parts of the world and we looked at India for a while. It turns out that many companies advertise creams for women and men that can make you lighter. It seemed absurd that they would seek to change people’s skin color. As a society, they value those people with lighter skin colors and do not value dark skin. This is also true to some extent in the United States. The lighter you are, the better.

    dmg24

    January 30, 2010 at 1:53 am


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