Eradication of Race Labels Essays

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Race labels have been present in society, not only in the United States, but all around the world, for hundreds of years. However, the concept of race has not always existed. In ancient times, while people were often divided by characteristics such as class, religion, and others, they were never divided by the color of their skin. “Race” in the context of classifying humans was not even used in the English language until it was used in 1508 in a poem by William Dunbar (California Newsreel, 2003). Today, race defines most of the things that we do. For example, we are asked about our race when filling out most forms like standardized tests and the United States Census. But why is this important? The answer: it should not be. I believe that …show more content…
For example, common stereotypes for the race of Black or African American are people in this group are less intelligent/ educated and have less money than people in the other races (these also often apply to the Hispanic/Latino race as well), like to dress in a “ghetto” way, like sagging pants and big shirts for males and tight revealing clothes for females, and everybody only listens to rap, hip hop, and R&B. Something that comes to mind when I think about this topic is a lyric from one of my favorite rappers, Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover: “White kids get to wear whatever hat they want. When it comes to black kids one size fits all,” (Glover & Göransson, 2011). This is from a song that mainly focuses on stereotyping and racism. This lyric’s meaning to me is that people in the white race generally can be anybody they want to be and act any way they want, characteristic wise, without being judged, while people of the black or African American race are sometimes expected to adhere to a certain way of acting and living. On a personal level, I have suffered from stereotypes like these in middle and high school. In middle school, I was a bit more introverted around people than I am now, I liked to listen to different types of music, especially rock and alternative, I got my clothes mostly from Kohl’s and Aeropostale, and was one of the top students in the school. All of these facts, and other, contributed to people calling me “not black enough”, “Oreo

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