Does race Matter (Online Writings)

Does race matter? How does it impact your life?  How did it impact your life today, yesterday?  Think about institutions, self, community . . .

250-400 words; last day to participate September 1, 2013

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41 thoughts on “Does race Matter (Online Writings)

  1. Back in the day before civil rights, race mattered for sure. Everything you received was based on race (ei.- education, transportation, respect, ect…) But as the country gets more progressive and as people’s “norms” are changing race seems to be losing it’s meaning, and not becoming a big thing. Race has never really impacted my life. I grew up in Idaho in a city where most of the people were Latinos and whites were the minority. But I never thought I was different because the color of my skin or my Irish-German heritage, I learned to fit in by assimilating with my friends. As a joke my Mexican friends always say, “Guera (my nickname I received) has a little brown in her, she just doesn’t know it.” I always laughed it off and never really analyzed it. I learned to understand Spanish, always need hot sauce on my food, and love telemundo. I sort of fit into all the stereotypes people have for the Latino cultural even though I’m blonde hair, blue eyed, freckle face girl because the people that I always considered my family taught me.

  2. To me personally race does not matter! I do not care if you are black, white, Mexican, or whatever. Race has not had a huge impact on my life because I am white and I have gone to school with many other races, primarily in elementary to middle school; I just never thought about it when I was a kid. Once I got into high school I definitely noticed a change in the scenery. The high school I went to was primarily white with some blacks and Asians mixed in. I never really thought about it because race never mattered to me. Obviously I noticed the change but I really did not think anything of it.
    At times race has/does impact my life because one of my really good friends that I went to high school with is black. She was among the minority in the school, but I don’t think it ever really got to her. Race also impacts my life when my friends and I are talking and the subject of someone’s race just happens to come up. I am not uncomfortable talking about race as long as I or anyone else is not insulting them. Race is one of those topics that is really interesting but no one wants to talk about it because they are too scared that they might offend someone or say the wrong thing!

    • Why do you think when we hear the word race we don’t think in relationship to whiteness (as a legal socially constructed category?). How do you think your whiteness impacted your experience in school? Where your family lived? How did it potentially impact your parents jobs? Why do you think race means relationships or visible interactions? Do you think everyone is scared to talk about race? Does everyone have a choice?

  3. Does Race Matter?
    “Does race actually matter?” That’s what people question and want to know the solution to that question. I know race shouldn’t matter because every race should be treated equally and have the same rights. I was born in Sunnyside and there’s and excessive amount of Mexicans and Latinos. There were some whites and blacks and sometimes they would get bullied because they’re different. People from my race call them “gringos” or “negros” and often start a conflict with them. This problem makes me wonder why they care if they’re different and why they treat the other races negatively. If someone were to tell a person from a different race that he/she don’t like you,then they should think twice before he/she says something else because you might often want to solve this conflict by fighting because you feel offended and you’ll feel like he/she deserves it. From the past, people solved the racism issue with violence, which made society dangerous and had to segregate the blacks from the whites. In the present there’s still some racial issues but it doesn’t happen quite often. The death of Trayvon Martin made racism seem more violent since they released George Zimmerman. I’m attending Washington State University in Pullman and hardly and rarely see any racial activity, which is very good. Everyone seems friendly and they all get along. Race shouldn’t matter because everyone is the same and we are treated equally with the same rights and the same privileges.

    Victor Sandoval

  4. Race really does matter. That doesn’t mean that it should, or that race specifically is what’s important. But perception is everything. How people perceive you changes how they act towards you, which in turn changes your environment, which affects who you are as a person. People have treated me differently because I have brown hair, versus blonde hair, because they think I should weigh more, because of my posture. People perceive me differently on days I wear my glasses than on the days I wear contacts. If small things like that have changed my environment, you can bet the fact that I’m white has changed the perception people have of me as well.
    How my race has affected me isn’t as clearly defined to me as how, say, the way my face is shaped, has. Other than things like not being eligible for certain scholarships because I’m not considered a minority, or the way I was treated when I worked at a farm that consisted largely of Hispanic employees, I can’t point my finger to many specific examples where race was the main factor. And race doesn’t always have to matter, either. Sometimes the initial perception someone has of you can be changed if they get to know you better.
    However, even if we’re not always aware of it, how we perceive others often changes how we act towards them, or how society as a whole treats them. Just because the impacts from how we perceive others aren’t normally as significant as committing hate crime against someone for being of a certain race, doesn’t mean the ties aren’t there. It doesn’t mean the ties don’t change us, either.
    So yes, race does matter. It might not matter in large ways, or in logical ways (judging a book by its cover? Yeah, that’s logical! However, it still happens), but our race does affect our environment to a certain degree. That degree changes from person to person, as well. But things like the color of our skin can change how people perceive us, which ends up changing us.

    • I could not agree with you more Dallas. While race may not matter to an individual person, and it may not impact the way they view people in their own lives, race truly does matter in our society. Many people don’t realize that many people they encounter in life will make assumptions about them, based on the color of their skin, before they even consider the character and personality of that person. Then when they are finally exposed to the person inside the skin, the comment “You’re not like other _____ people” is made. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard this comment and its many variations, in my l8 years. But the issue goes both ways. I know many people of color who expect whites to behave in a certain way and when they do not meet those expectations they are accused of “trying to act black.” Race shouldn’t matter but it most definitely does. Every day assumptions are made about people based on the color of their skin whether they are white, black, Hispanic, or Asian. Everyday race plays a role in how we are perceived by others. Instead of taking into account the fact that we are all unique individuals with our own minds, thoughts, ambitions, dreams, ideals, and values, we are primarily being seen as members of our respective races. Once all the stereotypes connected to our specific race, the stereotypes we are typically exposed to through the media, have been thoroughly processed in the brain of the ignorant person that we have encountered, then we are secondarily seen as individuals. This in turn can cause us to start second guessing ourselves. We start trying to change ourselves so that we can fit this mold of what the ideal human should be when. Some people begin to hate themselves because they are not what the color society says they should be, or because they do not have the blonde hair and blue eyes that society say they should have. People become unhappy because instead of staying true to themselves they are trying to fit inside a mold that they were not made to fit in. Race matters because it is a strong contributing factor in how other people perceive us, as well as how we perceive ourselves.

  5. To me, race does matter in our society because it impacts the way that we view the people around us. In our modern-day society, race doesn’t matter as much as it did in our country’s past, but as a nation we are continuing to take stands towards total racial acceptance, but it doesn’t hold the same meaning as it day say 30+ years ago. To me personally in my life, race doesn’t matter a whole lot. I am very accepting of others regardless of what race they are. My best friend, Joao, was born in Peru and has a lot of different cultural ideals than I do, and has a different skin color, but I couldn’t care less about race when it comes to my best friend who has stuck by me through a ton of things in my life. In regards to how people look at me, to some extent, there is some impact about being white in our society and how we are viewed by other races. Some negative to our nation’s history, some positive due to the steps we’ve taken as a society, but these characteristics make us who we are. Regardless of how people view me, and even view my race, I don’t care a lot about what people think about me and I want to live my life the way I want to. We all live on the same planet, breath the same air, and although we all may come from different backgrounds, we all have generally the same goal in mind to be the best we can be every single day.

  6. I believe even though many people believe that race does not matter, it does still matter to many people, myself included. It may not have the power to make a decision, but it still matters enough to be noticed. In that sense, it may not influence the end product, but the fact that there are thoughts about the race of other people display that it does matter.
    In my life, race has not been a large influence. I come from an area where there were many different types of people, but they were mostly white. There were also African Americans, Asians, Arabians, and many others who were accepted for who they were, but it was still noticed. There were many people who would make racist jokes, and they would typically lead to some laughter, even to the victims of the joke because they knew the person was just joking. However, in some cases, the victim was not nearly as accepting and would feel uncomfortable with these comments. In my school, there were many types of people, but the one thing that they had in common was that they were all pretty wealthy because I went to a private school. This did deplete some of the diversity that was possible in the area, and this did increase the frequency of some racial comments. The school was very strict on these comments and they would crack down on students that were participating in this type of behavior.
    In daily life, I feel like race does not really affect my life, but it is definitely relevant in that I notice what people look like. Especially in athletics, I find myself to be somewhat racist because there is a phenomenon that occurs that the minorities become the majorities. It is also a humbling experience because I get a taste of what it is like to be the less-represented race. Of course in athletics, the issue of race is mostly eliminated due to the team aspect that is presented, and that the people around us are considered part of a family. But in typical life, I feel there is a role that race plays in everyone’s life, not just my own. Deep down, everyone is a little bit racist whether they like to admit it or not. Race is something that I definitely notice, but it does not affect me in a negative way.

    • Does race matter in ways you cannot see directly? Did it impact who lived in your neighborhood, who went to what schools, treatment from teachers or police officers?

      • Yes, it would influence certain people to stay away from certain areas. I would assume that most people from a nice suburb would not want to move to other areas in the cities that are not the nicest areas because they would not feel comfortable being the minority and feel that they are in danger. In my neighborhood specifically, i do not think race had an impact on who lived there, because my neighborhood was actually pretty diverse for the area. I do think race made a difference in people attending the school, because the demographics were already so skewed that they would be the severe minority and they would not feel comfortable being one of around 15 out of a total of 2500 students.

      • Riley – What makes a place “nice”; nice and safe to whom? How does power fit into definition of minority? Curious how housing discrimination, economic inequality, job discrimination impacts who lives where

  7. I’ve really never thought too hard about race and how it impacts actions that occur on a daily basis. But just in this past week this class has had me critically think more about race than I can ever remember. I suppose it’s because I bring things up to my roommates and we get to chatting. One of the recent topics we’ve spoken about it simple description. We’ve discussed how when we attempt to describe a person we may have just met or seen, if they are black, we then use “black” or “African-American” in our description, but if they are white, we wouldn’t even think to describe them as “white” or “Caucasian.” For context my roommates and I are all white males. The same goes for if the person being described is Asian, or of Hispanic origin, etc. We all wonder if this goes for others as well. Would a black person not describe someone else as black, but refer to all other skin colors and/or ethnicity? Just a question for thought. I always intend to ask my other friends these sorts of questions, but they just never seem to come up. I suppose I only find myself really pondering these sorts of questions when reviewing the subject, either in class or online. It all leads to the fact that race does indeed matter, even if only in this small occasion at the time. Perhaps it doesn’t matter to myself on an astronomic scale, or even close to that, but it does indeed matter that much and perhaps more to others, present and past. When wars are fought and social movements had, the subject at hand does indeed matter. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m questioning myself as to why I haven’t brought this topic up to my non-white friends. Perhaps it doesn’t seem prevalent at the time, but I do intend to bring it up. I suppose that is another topic entirely about the difficulty of having discussions concerning “race” and the awkwardness that comes from that.

  8. Race plays a huge role in everyday life for each person around the world. Everywhere you go there is going to be another person of a different ethnicity, whether it is just going to the grocery store or at the work place. Race should not be an issue to anyone. However, around every corner there is a racist who does not care for a certain race; this is all out of complete and utter ignorance and negative stereotyping. This is unacceptable no matter who you are; everyone is equal as a whole.
    Makena is black. As my childhood friend, it was difficult to see that everyday life in high school was a hassle for her just because of her skin color. The immaturity of a high school kid is ridiculous; they think what they are saying is funny and they aren’t harming anyone, but they’re wrong. The places she got the most ridicule was the rodeos we use to go to. People stereotypically do not see a colored girl as a cowgirl at a “redneck” event. The rodeo community should place stereotypes and racism aside; African American people are prominent all throughout the world. The United States president is African American. According to Race- The Power of Illusion, “Colorblindness will not end racism. Pretending race doesn’t exist is not the same as creating equality. Race is more than stereotypes and individual prejudice. To combat racism, we need to identify and remedy social policies and institutional practices that advantage some groups at the expense of others.” This all affected my life because I would have to stay up after the rodeos with her while she cried because of all the hate she received. I was the one who would stand up for her at school and at the rodeos and try to change the ignorant stereotyping of the participants and observers.
    Race affects my everyday life greatly. Going to a massive university you see pretty much every single race almost all in one day. You have to learn to talk to them, and understand how hard it must be for them to come all the way to another country and pick up our dialect, while also trying to learn and achieve their overall goal of receiving a degree and still being true to who they are. Just yesterday I was walking to my first class and an Asian girl was trying her hardest to ask me where her class was, it was very difficult to understand her, with a bit of trial and error I finally lead her in the right direction. However, that does not mean that I judged her or talked poorly because of who she is.
    All in all you can’t turn any corner without a person of a different race being there. As a community we should just learn to accept that. This will probably never happen with the obliviousness and negative labeling out there. We could start certain clubs and bring awareness to all the negativity that plagues our campus. Racism is never acceptable no matter what you’ve been through or what color your skin is.

    Bibliography
    Newsreel, California. “Race- The Power of Illusion.” PBS. PBS, May-June 2003. Web. 24 Aug. 2013.

  9. Race definitely matters. When it comes to different races, different cultures and backgrounds can be shared with people in the communities. More diverse communities become more accepting of other cultures while communities with a predominant race are less accepting. It impacts me more than I realized because I am a black male. It is easier for me to notice when someone feigns ignorance over race. They attempt to make a stereotype joke. It’s only then that I often see that that their social group is majority white (often males). I hang out with people from all walks of life and it’s their experiences that they have shared with me that help me relate to them better. The group of white males who don’t take the time to relate to others will too often say anything and everything stereotypical.

  10. In the year 2013 the idea of race does matter as it did when the ideal of race structure was created by man. It is crazy to believe that race matters because the color of your skin should not define you as a person, your characteristics, or the opportunities available. The fact that this exists is foolish because genetically “races” are nearly identical to each other. In “Race the Power of an illusion” researchers have proven that the DNA from a black male is almost if not identical to an Asian woman. Being a part of one particular race does not make you superior over another. Personally race has affected me in the change from one environment to another. When I was younger, I grew up in a small farm town in Virginia. This town was almost all white with little diversity. I always remembered people around me having a racist undertone; it wasn’t always said but it was differently felt. Once I started high school, I moved to Washington, DC which like most cities is a melting pot of many cultures. I remembered being intrigued about all the different types of people I was meeting and going to school with, and it was so different from my hometown. I started to believe that racism didn’t exist until I went back to my hometown for a weekend and brought my friend, who was black, with me. Just the looks that people gave my friend and I was disturbing and it made me realize that race does matter to many people. Race has affected me today because I attended a class that talks about race and race related issues. This idea of race must be important if there is a specific class talking about race. Race impacts most of our lives every day without any way of avoiding it. In the Washington State Community, I’m affected by race by attending classes, sharing living space, and sharing a campus with individuals of many different races. At football practice, my teammates are white, black, Asian, all coming from different backgrounds.

  11. Race still matters in society today, but not as much as it previously did. Only 50 years ago did segregation end through the Civil Rights Act, and today we now have a president who is African American. It is inevitable to see how much progression has been made since the 60’s and how race has become a smaller issue than it was before. However, though not as big of an issue today, race still does matter. In my psychology class last year, we learned about an Implicit Association Test in which researchers studied the thoughts and feelings of participants outside of conscious control. Researchers found that white participants took longer to associate a positive word with a picture of an African American even when that person expressed they had no racist thoughts. The test was designed to uncover unconscious thoughts about different races. Results indicated that a majority of subjects had ‘automatic preference’ to their own race, showing that race does play a role in society today. The hesitation between choosing a positive word for a picture of a person of a difference race shows how we sometimes unconsciously judge individuals based on their physical appearance, even though we say we don’t.
    Race has impacted my life a great deal. Being part Mexican I have been able to apply for various scholarships I would otherwise not be able to apply for, which I am grateful. However, my ethnicity sometimes becomes the butt of jokes between my friends and I. Over time I have learned to laugh them off, even joke about myself before others get the chance. But it saddens me that some races are still seen in such bad light that others openly talk negatively about them.

  12. Race can matter in certain situations but should not indicate all decisions. It has affected me in relationships. Although the skin color doesn’t matter, it is what the particular background and how one is raised within that certain race that takes a toll in the depth of the relationship. I am not saying different races are not compatible, but the statistics of a healthy relationship like this is low. Different cultures are brought up in different ways and this results in various adults which is not a bad thing at all it is just a fact. Different race relationships can work, but because of the differences in their backgrounds it is just much harder. So if I were to go in a relationship such as this I would need to take more precautions. In class, we talked about how DNA of different races are very similar compared to that of the same race which is a cool fact but does not mean we are all the same. I definitely don’t think one should be lower than the other or treated differently as it has happened in the past, but we differ from one another because of how our core values are set and enforced as children and exposure to influences along the way. It isn’t bad, or racist or anything it just is what it is when talking about relationships. Stereotyping is easy and may be accurate sometimes but is not always true however, if we know people from the middle east bombed our towers, do you blame us for stereotyping a little bit? I know it isn’t fair to middle-eastern people who are not a part of anything from that and have taken up the American way of living but it is our way of being more cautious. With that, race can matter in certain situations but it is the core values and what’s on the inside that should really be the indicator and should not be a reason to treat people differently.

    • How are you defining race? Race is a social construction, which means as the film notes its meaning is ascribed through social and political processes. What’s the difference b/t race and culture, between ethnicity and race? What’s the difference between race, region, and nationality? You mention values and environment – are those the same within racialized communities? In terms of stereotypes, how does this lead to homogenization; and are all people subject to stereotypes? Who isn’t and isn’t stereotype? Think about it this way, what other markers of difference are not seen as a ways to define and stereotype people. I encourage you to take a look at these articles – http://www.alternet.org/story/12065/rationalizing_racism%3A_panic_and_profiling_after_9_11; http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/05/what-we-mean-when-we-say-race-is-a-social-construct/275872/; http://colorlines.com/archives/2009/12/op-ed_end_racial_profiling_now.html

      • Daquawn Brown CES 101 Online Writing #1
        Does race matter? How does it impact your life? How did it impact your life today, yesterday? Think about institutions, self, community.
        To me race is just what you are, and nobody can change that. We are all equal male and female we are all no better than each other just because of our race. I get along with every race because I feel like who am I to judge someone off of their race, I don’t know them neither do they know me so I just think of it as a chance to meet another friend. You can’t judge a book by it’s’ cover, that same quote applies to real life some of my closest friends are different races from me. My race didn’t affect me yesterday or today, but I hate how out here in Pullman it seems like if I try to talk to a girl that’s not the same race as me they seem scared in a way or not interested and I know it’s just because of my skin color in a way, because I see myself as pretty much a cool guy, handsome young man, but it kills me to see that sometimes that’s how it affects me on a day to day basis. Just because I’m not where you are from is messed up that I get treated like that because I can be a pretty good friend if we did talk though but I don’t trip about it at all I just do me.

  13. I personally feel that race shouldn’t matter but as a “multiracial” woman it is very clear that it does matter. For example it matters when people of a different race use the “n-word” because of the history to it. Based on history race has played a very substantial part in shaping and forming our country and it’s still evident today. It might not be as abundant or easily seen but it’s still there. Race has kind of always played a role in my life being that my mom is a creole black woman from Tennessee and my dad being white, black and Filipino. Growing up I was always picked on by my black friends for being “too white” and my white friends called me “black” so I was always a little confused on which way to identify. Especially in high school I started at a mostly white school and was picked on daily and called a “mut.” So being young I didn’t know how to deal with it and was very defensive and aggressive and not willing to talk things out and ended up switching to one of the most diverse high schools in Washington. Now at WSU it’s been hard knowing and seeing it daily that I am a minority again. There’s girls on my dorm floor that I’ve tried to talk to and was shocked that they’ve never even spoken to a person of color until they came to WSU.
    I have a question though. Because I do joke about race (mostly my own and about myself) am I just adding fuel to the fire? Am I adding to the problem?

  14. In today’s society, I believe that race does matter. It may not be as drastic as it was in the 60’s, but it still does play a critical role in today’s society. I grew up in the suburbs just outside of San Diego and it was a predominantly white neighborhood. Being an African American, I never really felt comfortable because every time my boys and I would walk down the street to the park to play ball we would always get stared at by a white person as if we were causing a problem. In reality, it never really bugged me but like I said before it made me feel a little uncomfortable. Even going to high school, the population was mostly Mexicans and Whites and I was still the minority. But at school I felt more comfortable because nobody really cared about race and we were just there to have fun and enjoy our time. But I feel like growing up and being a minority has helped me become a better person. Because now when I see different races I feel like there’s no differences between us. In business, I feel like race does play a role but I think it depends on location and what type of job it is. I’ve never had a job personally but from what I hear from people who have had jobs they said race does play a role in businesses. Race can also take part in sports, as an athlete of the game, I notice that people look at certain sports as a one ethnicity dominated sport.

  15. Does race matter? Initially when I first asked myself the question I thought to myself no race doesn’t matter to me. Then after thinking about it more I’ve come to the conclusion that race does play a part in my everyday life. I believe my transition to Pullman made me realize this more than ever. Being an African American from the Bay Area in Northern California I grew up in a diverse community. Now living in Pullman which is a predominantly white community I noticed race more often. Not always in a negative way but it is just more obvious when you feel like the minority, when you’re so use to feeling like the majority. For example when I first walked into my Kines 264 class I was 1 of 4 African American people. I don’t know about anyone else but I felt very uncomfortable at first because there is only four people of color in my class it’s slightly intimidating. I also have to consider when people of other race look at me do they consider the stereotypes about African Americans to be true? Do I have to worry about someone holding their purse a little bit tighter or watching their back a little bit more when I’m behind them? Or do I live in the “hood” or something like that. These are questions that pop into my head every time I come into contact with someone of another race. Do I always feel uncomfortable? No because I learn to adjust to my surroundings. But I do view Pullman was very white! And it matters to me because I’m minority here and I’m reminded everyday that I’m African American. But it’s not to the point that it affects me because nobody has made me feel so uneasy that I want to leave. I’m happy here it just takes some getting used to.

  16. In my opinion as long as we live in a world that judges other races on a social bias then race will always matter. For example there is the stereotype that blacks are better at sports such as football and basketball because you predominately see blacks in the sport for frequently at the professional level and college level than white athletes. There are stereotypes ranging from whites being hired more frequently than any other ethnic races in the United States to whites getting better pay and a better education than other races. For a lot of places this is true but this type of stereotype doesn’t always take place everywhere. Where you grow up is also a big factor in race because some areas are more racially ignorant then others. Race doesn’t really impact my life too much because I’m half white and half Greek and most people think that’s pretty cool and most of my friends that are of a different race either it be Latino or black I have never seen them get discriminated against. I do believe though that we as a planet and country are getting better at not discriminating others based on their race because of all the progress we have made since the early 20th century like ending segregation with blacks and that we have a black president even though he is half white that is definitely a huge step forward. Also nowadays stereotypes you though were true only about certain races are no longer the case like how some people think that some Arab’s are terrorists yet the Boston bombers were not of Arab decent or race.

  17. First of all, I would like to say I am a Chinese student in the WSU. In the past, race didn’t matter me deeply. Before I came to the WSU, I took my high school and junior school class in China, and there were less students had the different race with. I belonged to a majority group of race, so the race problem did not affect me a lot. However, when I came to the WSU in the US since 2010, the race problem seemed to be expanded, because I became a minority group of race. Because of the language barriers and culture difference, It is too difficult for me integrating into Americans which were the majority group in the US. Until today, almost all my friends are Chinese who have the same race with me, and we always speak mandarin everyday. I think this is really worse for me, however it is difficult to change this situation. Therefore, I think race really matter me seriously nowadays.

  18. Race impacts my life every day. I am socially constructed as Native American, but I am also “white”. I use the term white because I honestly have no idea where my dad’s family came from. I have for the most part just considered myself Native American more than I have considered myself white. I have learned through experience and example that it is not the skin color that makes me Native American, it is my belief in my culture. Unfortunately, that is not the case for society. As much as I would love to say that race does not matter. It does. It may be this socially constructed idea, but race has played a part in more than what my skin color is. I have been judged not on my choices based on what color of skin I have. My freshman year of high school I was told I was too pretty to be Native American. I was told I was not dark enough to be Native American. I was told I was too smart. The insults came, and each time it hurt worse to know that I was judged not on what I had inside of me, but what was shown on the outside of me. I had a teacher who believed that ALL Native Americans were “stupid” and did not belong in her class. Although there is no way to prove that I got a lower grade in her class because of who I was and what color of skin I had. I received a C as a final grade. This was different than the final grade that she had shown me in class. When I looked to see what had happened to make my grade so low. I had seven zeros on different assignments. I pulled out every assignment that had a grade I could, unfortunately she did not hand back all of the papers in the class. I talked to my principle and there was no way for him to fix my grades because my teacher had retired after I finished that class. I did not say a word about the “race” thing to him because according to administration, that is a normal “excuse” from the Native American Students. I had straight A’s and then a C.
    My point of this story is that I would love to drop the whole race thing if we could, but that will NEVER be possible as far as I see. Everyone is titled to an opinion. Children often, not always, but often take the stance their parents have. There are, and will never be, enough people to stand up and say you know what, RACE DOESN’T EXIST. It doesn’t matter what science has proven, our society has gone off of the base that it was created on. We created race, control race, but I don’t think that we will ever destroy race.

    • I also had a bad experience with a teacher because of racial differences. I think that as long as we have to ask ourselves if race matters? It does matter.

  19. Race does not matter to me even though some people in our society think that race does matter. Personally, I am Japanese, so I might be considered to be an outsider because of my appearance here, in the US. However, I have a lot of friends who are Americans, Arabians, Mexican, and other Asians. Of course, we have different looks and cultures, so sometimes I was surprised at their culture but I respected and accepted their culture. Also, I taught them about my culture. They accepted mine as well.
    I think that race is visible and ethnicity is mind. Therefore, race has not impacted my life so much. I think that ethnicity affects me in terms of getting new cultural knowledge though. I like to know new things, so I still want to have friends from other countries.
    On the other hand, my parents, unlike me, are look like to be affected by race. The reason is that they hesitate to talk with people who are from foreign countries even though they speak Japanese. I guess that they judge their personality by only their appearance. To me, not only my parents but also lots of Japanese seem to have the stereotype of foreigners.
    In my high school, all of students were Japanese. So, I had never thought about race deeply except class in daily life. There are not many foreigners in my hometown either. That is why, I sometimes saw Japanese who gaze at foreigners as strangers in my hometown. Thus, to me, race does not matter but race might do matter to some people. I hope that race does not matter to everyone all over the world as soon as possible.

  20. I think unless you can get every single person to think the same exact way race will always matter. Compared to 50 years ago I would say race doesn’t matter as much as it does now. I lived in Southern California so I was around a lot of diversity. One year in elementary school I had a Filipino teacher and she was really nice to everyone except the white kids. I never understood until one day someone told me its cause were aren’t like her. Up until that point I never understood how seriously people take race especially if you could do that to a little kid. Ever since then I have tried to see everyone equal because I don’t want to make someone feel ostracized like I did. Then a couple years ago I moved to North Idaho and it is a predominately white area. In my high school we were all white until one day we had a new kid who happened to be black. Everyone was giving him weird looks and I even noticed that the teachers talked to him differently. It seemed as if they were dumbing down everything for him. Just because he was black they assumed he wasn’t that smart. The cherry on top was when the basketball coach assumed he played basketball because he was black and tall. Today I can’t say that every action I do doesn’t involve race but I do try and leave that factor out.

  21. Race does matter in our society, even though racism is occurring on a daily bases its changing, because, times are changing. Racism and the questions and discussions about race are still there. During the civil rights, race was an issue to many white people and it was often seen as a dislike in the difference of the color of their skin. Often shown; where they sit on the bus, the water fountain they drank out of, or where they went to school. Race is a biological myth that I think was based on their appearance it was made to classify people that were different in anyway like by the color of their skin or the texture of their hair. I have not really been impacted by race because I live in a small town where my race or ethnicity is a majority but you still hear people making fun of the stereotypes of a cholo or a farm worker by the way we talk. They used to perceive my race as just field workers but now that we are getting educated and taking mainstream jobs/careers they see us as a threat by taking their jobs. Many people are judged by the way they talk or the different language that they speak. Since we live in a society that judges people then race will always be a part of day to day life. But America will always be a melting pot of many different races and ethnicity’s. We just need to get over it and accept it.

  22. For my personally, race is doesn’t a matter for me because I was an Asian for studying in America for a long time. However, there were some impacts for me in my life. When the first year I studied in American high school, I played basketball team. There were so many black people to play basketball, they was very dislike white or the other people to play because they think black people play sports are better than the other race people. But, when the team had to talk about team work for the game, it was very impressive for me. The reason is they want to win the game, so they are working together so hard although they did not like each other. I was really surprise with these people because it sounds like going out to work with other people in the same group. They had to do a big project for their boss to create a good idea or produces, although they had some race matter with each other in the same office every day. I want to talk about this experience because race is not a matter for people to do teamwork with each other from different races in the world. I think do not let the race going to be matter because it would loss so many chances in our life. The reason is some people that I knew still had some race matter with other people because these people had a big problem on the languages to communicate with white and black people. They only can work with Asian in their life, so they cannot get more income during this time. Finally, do not let the race to be a matter because it would be losing so many chances for you in your life.

  23. Does race matter? How does it impact your life?  How did it impact your life today, yesterday?  Think about institutions, self, community

    Honestly I believe race does matter in a lot of ways and for a variety of reasons. Race tells you where you come from and your background. For me growing up in a black home and community it’s different from other races like Asians, Whites and Mexicans. Race has opened up my eyes and mind to see the difference in other peoples lives. It impact my life back in middle school when we had multiple riots at my school Blacks vs Mexicans. I was being called all type of names and I was a 6th grader going into middle school not knowing what’s going on. It got so bad Mexicans were bringing mini bats and pocket knifes to school. The police had a unit at our for two weeks. That changed my life that day because I noticed just a couple of words can hurt someone feelings and make them want to start a fight. So when I joke around with people I watch what I say so I don’t take it to far and offend that person. It impacted my life today from seeing what happened back in the day with the slaves and knowing if you were black you were a slave and whites was in power overruling blacks all over. Even today in some neighborhoods its all about race when it comes to territory and even gangs. You find mostly blacks with blacks Asians with Asians and Mexicans with Mexicans. I know where I live back in Compton, California it’s primarily black neighborhoods. Race is still alive today and will not die off in my opinion.

  24. Ever since slavery and non-equal rights happened in the past there were many changes. The white population has always had more privileges then blacks and other different races in America as growing up. For example whites have more of an advantage in the work force, which means that they have a better chance of getting a job rather then a different race in America. Most of the time it feels weird to not give blacks 100% equal rights towards blacks like whites but in a sense it does make a little bit of sense. The reason why is because the events that had happened in the past really destroyed how the blacks or any other races will live and to make money. It basically falls into the word of trust. Many bosses or employees have a hard time to trust blacks over whites because they don’t want to always have a feeling of something happening or an act of stealing items that should be kept in the stores or any work places. Also another example is if a white person gets pulled over by speeding they will have a better chance of getting away with the ticket because of stereotypes. No I do not think men have more privileges then women because they are both people either with the same race or a different race.
    Yes different genders reflect off of what job they do but there are always going to be different jobs no matter what gender they are. Many work forces are better for a male then a female or vise versa.
    Heterosexuals are technically not born into privilege because once you become a human being you will be the same no matter what your sexual orientation is. Yes heteros are respected a little bit more then straight from my experience. But heterosexuals aren’t any different.

  25. I do think race matters a lot. Race is not so much about geographic isolation, different languages or colors as about cultures, religions, customs. Now people can communicate well though there are thousands miles away, and the languages won’t be a problem since so many people are learning other language, but the race problems seem to not change much with the highly developed civilization. Many people argue the race does not mean much nowadays and it must be removed with society’s advancement. Then they just ignore one point, people from different races are characterized with different cultures, or different views to the world. For example, many people cannot be tolerant of talking with others at very close range which is regarded as polite behavior in another culture. Therefore people from different races do not just manifest themselves on their colors, but much more importantly the notions and ideas in their minds which make them believe what they are taught and raised all the time. Even though for the individuals who have lived in another country for years, it is possible for some one feel alien and cannot integrate into the provisional place they think it is. Therefore I think race counts a lot in the life and it is important to keep its original identity and respect others’.

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