1. I agree with their assumptions. This country as we know it was built off of white supremacy, and has since thrived off the backs of non-white people. We're very deep rooted in racism as a country, and even more so societally. One's race, even if not easily identifiable to others, is one of the very first things they'll notice. It is so easy for people to make assumptions about people based on just their race alone, whether it be consciously or unconsciously. Unfortunately, it is also something that all-too-often dictates how people are treated. Race can award one privileges while at the same time depriving another of theirs. We see this everywhere, from one neighborhood to the other, from one race to another. That being said, I don't think cancer would be an appropriate metaphor for race. While it does impact every single aspect of our lives, it our views on race are something that we should be able to control. There are steps we can take to prevent the negative outcomes that come with racism and discrimination, and ultimately it is up to us as a society how we treat each other.
2. I read Alexa's account about her struggles of colorism and trying to navigate her way around both Hispanics and Europeans, being a light-skinned Mexican woman. In her account she tells the story of how she went to a predominantly colored school, but had to transfer due to high levels of gang activity. There was also a lack of resources, and the school wasn't able to tailor itself to Alexa's need for a higher level of education. In her second school in Chicago, she was placed in the gifted program, a class composed almost entirely of Hispanics and Black people, where she was bullied for being light-skinned. At her last, she was rejected because she was undocumented. I thought that her second experience was especially important because it goes to show that discrimination can even be found within a race. We've seen colorism throughout history, but it always seems to be overlooked when we talk about racism. She then goes on to say that because she is of lighter skin, she would be treated better in a lot of places because of the "resemblance" to a White person. And in a lot of places, lighter skin tone has always been more valued. Alexa understands that, and understands that for the most part, that was the reason she was being bullied. She also understands that it's not okay. It is through no fault of ours today that White Supremacy is a thing, and I found it impressive that she didn't let other people's viewpoints dictate hers about herself.
Intersectionality is another topic she touched on. As a woman, people assume all the time that she has all these rights. But they're wrong. They don't take into account that she is a Hispanic woman. We get paid 56 cents to the White man's dollar, whereas White women get paid 78 cents to the White man's dollar. I had no idea that that was the case, and I find that appalling. Also, White women earned the right to vote in 1920, not Hispanic women. We came later. I found those facts to be very surprising in the sense that I don't previously know them, but not very surprising in terms of history.
3. The very first laws during the California Gold Rush surrounding immigration banned Chinese women from entering the United States. This law was made so that when people arrived on the West Coast, they would not be able to have kids and grow the Chinese population in America. I think more people should be aware of this fact because it's disgusting. The fact that America was letting so many people in to work, for its own benefit, but wouldn't allow them to bring their wives. To be here for so long while doing harsh labor, all alone, where discrimination was already abundant, and not be allowed any sort of comfort is so awful to think about. America was determined to "win" no matter what.
W.E.B Du Bois said that we are always looking at ourselves through other people's eyes. People of color can always see themselves as two things. American, and their race. They're always there, always separate, always colliding. I thought that this was a very relatable quote. People who can simply call themselves an American, and nothing else won't ever understand this. It's a struggle every day for people of color to accept themselves as they are, because others can't. I think this quote is very powerful.
4. I thoroughly enjoyed this. We see people of so many different backgrounds, we see so many different facts, hear so many stories. I've felt a way about myself, but at the same time if was so eye opening to hear about others. Every speaker is so vulnerable, and more people sjhould listen to what they have to say,