October 10, 2012
How does race reflects our society
From the earliest of times of civilization, race has been a controversial topic and situation. There have been riots, wars and even genocides over race. The ideal of people looking different have caused tremendous problems in this world and many people have suffered cause of it. Even with progression we made as a society, racism stills looms its ugly head in our society. Race reflects our society in which our social status, economic status and human perspectives are affected.
When it comes to social status in our society minorities are looked down on. Usually there are stereotypes and racist ideologies on minorities. These ideologies included being lazy, unintelligent and inferior. An example would be a Middle Eastern person in America, which most Americans looks at them suspicious and untrustworthy. Americans have this misconception cause of 9/11 and other bombings in the world. They would base these horrible events on one race. It is damaging for person dealing with racism in a society to get ahead, as Cornel West will say “A fully functional multiracial society cannot be achieved without a sense of history and open, honest dialogue” (West 1994). People need look at the history behind 9/11 and see it occurred cause of religion extremism and not on race itself. Racism in our society is one problem that is holding back from moving on as a society.
It’s obviously that economically that race plays a role in how well you succeed. African Americans account for 10.7 percent of the workforce, but only 6.9 percent of executive or managerial positions. Hispanics account for 9.2 percent of the labor force, but only 4.8 percent of executive positions. It is no surprise that minorities have disadvantages seeking a job “At the bottom of education, at the bottom of politics, even at the bottom of religion, there must be for our race economic independence”(Booker T). Despite considerable progress in pursuing racial...