Racial Prejudice the Creation and Thesis

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One of the primary reasons that non-white minorities are so disproportionately affected by the reduction in federal aid for higher education expenses, and/or the availability of affordable programs and institutions, is that they have not had equal economic access, either. This is something else that Lui et al. note in their description of the development of American culture and society. A lack of education as well as a prejudiced belief in the abilities of minorities often relegates them into manual labor occupations, where potentials for earning and advancement are limited. This creates a perpetual cycle of poverty, or at least of lower-middle-class status (which can often be worse in terms of receiving aid for higher education) leading to a lack of education and advancement, which in turn reinforces the idea that education is not meant for minorities, which reduces funding, etc.

There have, of course, been many attempts to address this imbalance and the perpetuation of such prejudices in the country's policies and psyche. In "The Ideology of Colorblindness," Guinier and Torres examine the impact of an attempt to consciously manipulate individual perceptions as a way of eliminating racism. One of the essential problems with the concept of racial "colorblindness," as these authors see it, is that it perpetuates an incorrect framework that essentially denies racism a platform of existence, despite the unreality of this situation. In linking racism solely to skin color, biological falsities, and a lack of official power structure, the idea that one can and even should be racially colorblind is a point-of-view that can really only be held by someone who has never experienced or witnessed racism -- it is essentially a dominant and white point-of-view.

What this actually allows for is the ignoring of racism, rather than the eradication of it. The economic situation in this country, as Guinier and Torres as well as other authors point out, shows a great disparity between whites and non-whites, and the adherence to a "colorblind" principle by those who consider themselves somehow outside the racialization of society amounts to little more than an abdication of democratic responsibility, in this instance. This new strain of self-perpetuated racism asserts that racial incidents are an individual rather than an endemic social problem, and in so doing encourages -- or at the very least fails to discourage -- overtly racial situations. many whte individuals have been raised with the notion that "race" as in skin color simply doesn't matter, and this belief is just as prejudicial in the later forming of opinions as any negative racism.


Though Einstein was best known for his expertise in physics and the natural world, his mind was equally capable of grasping the complexities of human social problems. His assessment of the way in which prejudiced opinions were perpetuated, often unknowingly and with a belief in objectivity or "equanimity," as a natural and automatic working of the human mind. Even becoming consciously aware of such prejudices is not enough to eradicate them, though it can be enough to halt overtly racialized actions. An awareness of multiculturalism and race rather than a denial of existing differences and issues will go much further in deracializing America.

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