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Escobedo Jacqueline

Professor Ogbara
English 100/ 0813
November 24, 2014
Post Racial Aim
Laws, they are meant to be used, not broken, right? In 1964 the Civil Rights Act ended
segregation in all states. Fifty years have passed and the only things that have changed are the signs,
separation of race, and the aggressiveness towards each other. The signs that use to be hung up on
restrooms or water fountains are no longer there, we are also now integrated and everyone interacts with
each other. Being aggressive with someone was common among different races in the past, and what I
mean by that is, Caucasians would call each other offensive names about their racial. Nigger for
African Americans, Pisa for a Mexican, but some people did not even use those names, they rather
refer to all minority groups as animals. Nowaday no one is directly saying racial names face to face.
Here in the United States a law was passed but there is and will always be racism. Many things can cross
your mind when you look at someone. All anyone needs is a glance to establish race and even whether
or not you want to socialize with them. People avoid contact with people who are not like them, dont
speak the same language as them, and also dont feel like they can be friends because of their race. We
are not living in a Post Racial Society because people still see skin color and treat people in a certain
manner due to this.
As hard as we try we will never be post racial or color blind to ethnicity. What are the first three
things you notice on a person? Most people notice skin color, eyes, and the way they are dressed. Those

three things can go a long way. For example, picture a short, dark woman; covered from head to toe and
a red dot between her eyebrows what race or ethnicity do you think she is? She is Indian, right? All
you needed to do was look at them be to establish what race they are. Here in United States you see an
Indian or Arabian man with a Turban or Hijab on their head and they flash back to September 11, 2001.
The rage against those who committed the horrific crimes of 9/11 became directed at Sikhs and
others who resembled the perpetrators. (Kiran S. K. Arora). Kiran, from University of Massachusetts
Boston, talked about a man named Sikhs, she said that he shared similar beliefs as Osama Bin Ladens
visual image of the turban and beard (Kiran S. K. Arora) and was discriminated by people after 9/11. It
was racist for americans to just assume that Sikhs was like Osama Bin Laden just because he wore a
turban on his head. A turban represents respect to God for them; it has nothing to do with a man who
bombed the United States. Americans in this case were being stereotypical. It is normal to be
stereotypical, but because of that we will never be a post racial society.
How does stereotype affect the way you look at a person of different race? Take an African American for
insist, you would expect all them to love Kool-Aid and fried chicken. Then you meet a African American girl and
you ask her to dinner but you take her to Churches Chicken. She ends up being a vegetarian, how dumb would
you feel? Stereotypes are not always true; anyone can like Kool-Aid and Fried Chicken, not just African American
people. "Asian men are seen as smart with no social skills. Black men are seen as violent criminals. And people
act and respond, based on those stereotypes." (Angela Harris) is it right? No, but people do that. You think they
are all the same when you do not know that for a fact. Being stereotypical is ridiculous and outrageous!
In 2010 the first African American president went into office. President Barack Obama made history that
day, but how many people disagreed with that election? Many... Mcwhorter believe that because they see an
African American president that the younger generation will have a great influence on post racial. Dr. Sandra

Graham disagrees with him and I agree with her. He thinks this younger generation sees more African Americans
in TV violence rather the president. She is right. Kids absorb more what they see frequently.
However, sixty years have passed and we have a black president. Times have changed. People arent as
racist or at least they do not show it like before. People have accepted this diverse society. People are also now
marrying out of their race. Races are being mixed and that was frowned upon. United States is the most diverse
country and was also the first one to have this many races mixed. Sixty years have passed and things have
changed but this society is still not post racial. We are not color blind to ethnicity. Some people are but not the
majority.
A post racial society is a dream to people. Having a world with no racism is too perfect. The world would
not be the same, it would be easy and well, that is not a the world we live in. Life is hard and it is meant to be
that way. Therefore, living in a post racial society would not make sense in this world.

Work Cite
Arora, Kiran S. K. "Reflections On The Experiences Of Turbaned Sikh Men In The Aftermath Of 9/11."
Journal For Social Action In Counseling & Psychology 5.1 (2013): 116-121. Psychology and
`Behavioral Sciences Collection. Web. 24 Nov. 2014.
Lum, Lydia. "The Obama Era: A Post-Racial Society?." Diverse: Issues In Higher Education 25.26
(2009): 14. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 24 Nov. 2014.