Race And The Race Of Race

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Everyone in this world now has an identity marker known as race. The race of a particular person refers to a relation to a specific group of people who tend to share similar physical and cultural characteristics. This creates an idea of a physical and cultural divide between different types of people. Race focuses on the division of people based on social standpoints and not biological ones, even though race itself is defined as both cultural and physical components. Race has been used to validate inhuman behavior in many historical periods such as slavery and genocide (Golash-Boza 2015, p.6-7).
The idea of race was created, it isn’t a natural idea to segregate different people into categories. This was constructed during the time of the conquest of the America’s and it is believed that horrible, unthinkable actions were justifiable by the creation of race (Golash-Boza 2015, p.7). The mere thought that a person was inferior to another, increased the power of the “superior” individual and made them feel in charge and in control of the inferior person. This caused many battles for people of “lesser races” and lead to brutality, rape, and even murder (Block 2001-2002).
Rape in general no matter who commits the crime is a horrid and unforgivable offence. However, back in the 1700’s documentations of white and black rapes were documented differently. In these times, “Colonial newspapers used race as an ideological construction that imputed causation to supposed racial differences: blackness indicated uncontrolled sexual behavior” (Block 2001-2002, p. 1-2). Therefore white males who committed rape weren’t judged as harshly as black males who committed the same crime. In reality, if two people commit the same crime they should be punis...

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...the process of racialization and became “white” (Golash-Boza 2015, p.52). African Americans and Native Americans on the other hand never had the chance to assimilate and go through racialization and become “white”.
Violence towards African Americans increased as the years went on, from 1884 and 1900 there were over 2,500 lynching’s documented. Hate groups began to form and show outright violence towards African Americans but, they always had to be on their best behavior do to the strict legal segregation system (Golash-Boza 2015, p.57).
Police and African Americans have had many differences and hardships throughout history. One of the major groups that stood up to the legal system was formed in 1989, they called themselves the Black Panthers.
Racial ideologies have changed over time from a biological form of racism, to cultural, and now to color-blind racism.

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