How Race Affects Our Views on the World
To begin, I would like to challenge the statements made by Winoa and Priya because I disagree with the terminology that race is a cancer. In fact, I don't truly think this is even a rational way of looking at racism in America. Race is just something that exists. While I understand that it's rules and boundaries with racist intentions, at this point saying "race is a cancer" is similar (in my mind) to saying 2 + 2 = 4 is a cancer, or gender is a cancer. I think that racism, sexisism, and transphobia are cancers, but these constructs can still be worked around, instead of the attempt to tear them down completely. I this because race has simply become a fact in America. I think we need to de-stigmatize the seperation between races, and acknowledge differences within racial and ethnic groups. However, asking people to simply forget about it and not notice one's feature is unreailistic, in my opinion.-
I would now like to bring up something that Vic talked about. In her passage, she talks about how she was careful in high school to act like her white peers. She talks about how she was careful to be quiet, and when she pointed out racism in Apocolypse Now in an essay, her teacher called a rant and she "slid back into her shell". I think this is an example of how rather than discarding the idea of race, we should accept it, but admonish the bigotry displayed by her teacher. I think her race and backround had an impact on how she viewed the film, and rather than attempting to have everyone have the same viewing expirience, we should embrace the differences people have.
The first sample I would like to talk about is concerning chinese immigration laws. The first immigration law ever banned Chinese women from immigrating to the United States. This is because citizenship extended to anyone born in the US, and the government only wanted laborors. I think more poeple should know about this because it shows the discrimination asian immigrants were shown even when first entering the country. The second sample I would like to talk about is the diversity with the continent of Africa. A lot of Americans talk about Africa as if it was a country, however the different ethnic groups within it vary an -insane amount. More people should know about this because a lot of poeple see African Americans as all coming from the same place. However this is completely incorrrect and is an assumption that needs to stop.
Finally I would like to say that I enjoyed the book. While I didn't agree with every single thing said in it, I thought the writing was witty and the charecters interesting. I also think it was eye opening, as it gave the expirience of individuals, not just data on a graph.-