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race in yo face

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ethnicityif you can’t read the little print it says, “we must learn to live together as brothers (and sisters) or perish together as fools.” by my good friend martin luther king jr.

so in one of my classes, we’re talking about how race, gender and class affect all peoples’ interactions, behaviors, and choices.  something that seems to be common knowledge, but not necessarily something we all think about too much.  one thing in particular that we talked about is how different ethnicities view race.  specifically, the dominant culture.

i never really thought about race too much.  i hear that’s how the dominant culture views race.  and i don’t mean this in a disrespectful way, this is something that we’ve read about, but a lot of white people in america don’t view race as any kind of issue for a lot of people.  of course minorities do still feel like race is still an issue.  but it’s not like i don’t think it is for anyone, i do agree that race is totally an issue for a lot of people.  i guess that’s the minority in me.  i just don’t really think about it too much.

the times i am reminded about race, especially my own minority-ness, is at doors.  doors you say?  yes, doors.  now, i would classify myself as a gentleman.  i open doors for people when i can, not just for ladies.  i know i may look a little intimidating for people who don’t know me, so i try to neutralize that by doing gentleman-ly things for people.  on the flip-side, i become aware of my own race when i see someone opening the door for me.  in my head i wonder why a white person would hold the door open for me.  why a white person of privilege (no offense, but that is the view of white people that a lot of minorities have) would hold the door open for me, an intimidating-looking, big, asian guy.  i guess i think about this because not too many people open the door for me outside of my own race so whenever it happens, i take notice.

i guess it goes back to my post on election day where i just love to see diversity and people of different races and cultures interacting as if they were the same culture (if that makes any sense).  there’s just something warm and fuzzy about different cultures living life together.

so how often do you think about race and the issues related to it?

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Written by enoch

November 19, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Posted in social observation

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  1. i think about it when i am the relative minority or when there is a lack of diversity. like in my classes. there are hardly any black people in my program. and then there are a couple of asians, and a lot of girls.

    but when i walk the streets of NYC, i don’t really think about it.

    i think about it when i see asians in the media. there’s a lot of more exposure to asians on the NY local news, and local programs.

    i like that white people eat korean food. cuz it didn’t used to be like that!

    kt

    November 19, 2008 at 11:07 pm

  2. i went 2 a school where there were 2 asians n 1 black person n the principal said see how diverse we are..n all of us were like wow,we do have a diversity at school..

    ive never lived in a city,so im still awed what people do n love people watchin..^^__^

    Anonymous

    November 20, 2008 at 9:10 am


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