Why Is Discussion of Ethnicity and Race Considered Taboo?

In: Social Issues

Submitted By willb1288
Words 2953
Pages 12
Managing Diversity
Final Research Paper
Why is Discussion of Race Taboo in America?

America is said to be a melting pot of cultures, a country of not one nationality but a diverse mixture of all different types of people melted into one nation. This term became famous in America from the 1908 play of the same name, “The Melting Pot.” The basis of the play was how immigration to America caused the nation to be a fusion of nationalities, cultures, and ethnicities. What the play failed to mention was that although some nationalities were indeed melting together, American’s that were of different races were being excluded. The physical differences in races, such as African Americans, had caused them to be excluded from reaping the benefits of all that America had to offer. The worst part about all of this is that the people being excluded from “The Melting Pot” were decedents of individuals who did not come to this country by choice. Instead they were brought to this country through kidnapping. Flash forward a hundred years to Nov. 24th, 2008. America elects its first African American president Barack Obama. Article after article published around this time had headlines reading, “Barack Obama: The End of Racism in America.” We finally did it! Racism in America was able to be totally eradicated through the election of an African American as our nation’s president. If only it was that easy. Now in 2014, eight years after the election of our nation’s first African American president, our country is experiencing one of the biggest racial unrests since the civil rights movement in the 1960’s. It has been 149 years since the end of slavery, 46 years since the end of the civil rights movement, and 8 years since America elected it’s first African American president. How can it be possible that Americans still face inequality due to their race? The reason is…...

Similar Documents

Race and Ethnicity

...I think that race and ethnicity in everyday life in the United States is important, but less so than it used to be. Now that people are being more desensitized to ethnicity at younger ages and everyone is more accepting of people that it is becoming lesser of an issue. Since people are more open about other races and religions that there is not much of a social barrier anymore. Yes, race and ethnicity are important because they help define individuals. When those individuals are in groups of people who could care less about what color they are, because they accept people by character, then I do not think that the topic is relevant. I know that not everyone like every race and ethnicity because of some personal vendetta against them, those people are the ones who are still making it an issue. Race still matters for those who think that some people are more superior to others, or they hold negative stereotypes towards other races. I still think that race and ethnicity are important under certain circumstances. A good example would be in schooling. It is not important in the way that children will segregate those who are different from them, but in the way that it would be a great learning tool for them to experience diversity. The kids would get personal experience with different ethnicities and that would help them break down any sort of social barrier they have in their mind about other races. I know little kids can be weird when it comes to topics like people with......

Words: 479 - Pages: 2

Race or Ethnicity

... Race or Ethnicity Jessica Hamilton Eng. 125 Prof. Abonado November 27, 2013 The two literary works that I have chosen from this course to discuss are “Country Lovers” and the other is “What it’s like to be a Black Girl”. The themes these two share are race and ethnicity. Between these two, Country Lovers is the short story and the poem is What It’s like to be a Black Girl, and tells us the background of race and also describes the dilemma of ethnicity. In the short story and in the poem race or ethnicity was distinguished and represented by the black female. The main characters in both of the literary works mentioned are the black females. Both black females in the short story and poem are seen differently in society because of their racial backgrounds and their skin color, but their character play an important role in each. The main character both the short story and the poem was about the black female. There are still racial and ethical problems witnessed and experienced in today’s society in places such as the general public, the work place, and even schools. This was not a subject that was discussed enough because it was very sensitive and the outcomes of the discussions were normally filled with anger or depression. Country Lovers and What It’s Like TO be A Black Girl use the same theme like ethnicity or race. Nadine Goriner wrote the short story, Country Lovers, in 1975. It took place in South Africa. Country Lovers is about the love between a young white boy......

Words: 575 - Pages: 3

Race and Ethnicity

...almost like opinion pieces. There are no right or wrong answers to these. You will be graded on whether your content is relevant to the question to which you are responding or some topic covered in the readings for this Lesson and on the length of your response. Possible questions: 1. Do you think any or all of Aquinas’ five proofs for the existence of God are good ones Which One (s)? Explain. 2. Does the problem of evil in the world influence your thinking about religion? Why or why not? If you have a belief in God, how do you reconcile the existence of evil with your concept of God? Would it be worth it to lose our freedom of the will in order to live in a perfect world? From all the reading assigned for this lesson, the one in ch 7, Section 7.4, Can We Prove The Existence of God, called my attention the most. Many philosophers, theologists, writers have tried to answer this question without however a concrete answer. One of the reasons why this question is so complicated to answer is because to proof something one must have definitive evidence of one’s argument, and no one to this day has had any solid proof (so that others can look at the evidence and agree/disagree) that in fact God exists. In an attempt to answer this question, let’s clarify some things that generally tends to be misinterpreted; Let’s clarify that first, a thing can exist whether we know it or not, next dispute is whether we know that thing exists......

Words: 535 - Pages: 3

Race and Ethnicity Forum

...Citing our textbook material, should we define minorities in terms of gender as well as race and ethnicity? Defend your response. First of I want to start by saying that I do not believe that we should have the idea of minorities in our society anymore. If we want to ever have a society where everyone is considered equal then no one should be categorized as a minority. Whether it is because of gender, race, or ethnicity; I think that if you still want to categorize people as a minority then we will never move forward as a country. I believe that when you treat someone as a minority, we are further alienating them. But if we are going to have minorities than yes I do believe that we should define minorities in terms of gender as well as race and ethnicity. I say this because women are still not looked at as equal to men no matter what race or ethnicity the woman is. I think that women in the workforce are not treated equal even though they can have the same qualifications or certifications as the men in the same positions do because they are still viewed as supposed to belong in the home, taking care of the kids and the house. It’s funny that I am saying this because I am a stay-at-home mom, but it is by choice not because my husband told me to or that he wants me to, he asked if I wanted to and I made the choice. I said yes because I wanted to see all my girls “firsts”, for example, their first steps. When it comes to women in the workforce they are not viewed or paid...

Words: 489 - Pages: 2

Race and Ethnicity

...Race and Ethnicity ENG 125: Introduction to Literature Instructor: 08/11/14 In today’s society racism is still a problem just like it was in the past. It is not publicized as before but it is still alive and well in society. With America being a melting pot of race and ethnicity one would think this issue should not exist. I chose the two poems What it’s like to be a black girl by Patricia Smith and Child of the Americas by Aurora Levins Morales. These two poems are written from a women’s perspective about how racial discrimination is perceived in America. Racism is no longer just a black and white my paper will show how these two pieces showed how cultures are subjected to discrimination. The title of these two poems catch my attention one being I am a black girl and two I am a child of America. I too have faced some challenges that are discussed in these poems. In a country that was founded and built on immigrants society makes a big deal about a person’s race and culture. Why does race matter? Does it make you a better person? Does it make you prettier? Sadly our society has placed into the heads of young women that pretty means lighter skin. That being pretty gives you an easier life. The authors of these two poems are African American and Puerto Rican and they have both faced forms of racial discrimination. In America girls were raised that Caucasian was the accepted race. “It’s dropping food coloring in your eyes to make them blue......

Words: 927 - Pages: 4

Race and Ethnicity

...Defining Race and Ethnicity Robert Cogg * Race is a very real topic in American society. Although race is a subject that is not easily and very scarcely talked about, the conversation is much needed and should be addressed at a much more frequency. Race and ethnicity come up in some way, shape, fashion or form in our everyday lives whether we like it or not. I will define what both race and ethnicity mean to me and how these terms are important in our society. Defining Race and Ethnicity Being that I am an African American male, race and ethnicity are very relevant in my everyday life. I have been discriminated against, and hired, both because of my race. I have been denied and accepted on the basis of my race. Ethnicity is defined as an ethnic group of people whose members identify with each other, through a common heritage that is real or assumed- sharing cultural characteristics. Race is defined as the categorization of humans into populations or ancestral groups on the basis of various sets of heritable characteristics. This being understood, systematically and historically my race is that of a discriminated one. History has shown that African Americans suffered slavery, and still suffer the effects of slavery to this day. This is what makes race and ethnicity relevant to me. In my everyday life I may have to list my race at any moment. If I fill out a job application I am asked my race and ethnicity. If race doesn’t matter, then why am I asked? If there...

Words: 432 - Pages: 2

Race-Ethnicity

...MGMT 450-88 Diversity Management Race/Ethnicity Substantive Paper Spring 2016 1. The Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) website makes many formal statements regarding their vast diversity mindset and efforts to be diverse. The main Diversity page lists the following statement from John Gabrielli who is the Senior Vice President, “Diversity and inclusion are key to our organization’s success. We are determined to have a diverse culture, throughout our organization, that benefits from the perspective of each individual.” Their “Commitment” to Diversity states that they, “embrace all backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and thinking styles.” They go on to state that they value the uniqueness and leverage their diversity to strengthen their brand. The “What it Means to Us” page goes on to elaborate on the broad definition of diversity and that it includes “what’s seen and unseen” and also includes “race, gender, family, sexual orientation, work experience, physical ability, and religion.” The definition of inclusion is listed next which states that they “embrace those differences.” The “Diversity & Inclusion Team” page provides information on what they do. They want to attract a more diverse group of people and create an “inclusive environment that values the differences of its associates and customers.” They state that they promote diversity and use diversity to their advantage which in turn helps their position in the marketplace. A&F trains their management......

Words: 1770 - Pages: 8

Defining Race and Ethnicity

...have considerably less control or power over their own lives; compared to the members of a majority or dominant group. Minority groups are Asians, American Indians, African Americans, and Hispanic’s. How does Schaefer define the terms, race and ethnicity? Racial groups are defined as a group of people who all have some sort of physical difference from the majority groups who do not have these physical differences. This is not only including people from minority groups, but also those in the majority group who have been set apart socially because of a physical difference. Racial ethnicity is a group of minorities that have been set apart from others because of their natural origin or a distinctive cultural difference. These cultural differences would include language, food habits, and attitudes towards marriage and parenting. Why are these concepts important to United States society? I would say that these concepts are very important to the United States and other countries. One thing that I know is that I was never really taught what all of this means. But I do know that it all matters. I don’t think that race or anything should define what kind of person you are. I think that anyone should be able to get any kind of job no matter what race or group we belong to. These concepts are very important to learn so that the United States can become a better place without defining who you are or where you came from. I think they are important so that we can also have a good......

Words: 281 - Pages: 2

Race and Ethnicity

...RACE AND ETHNICITY These words have such a strong meaning for me. They define me and have shaped my entire life. These two words will forever be a part of my life, my family, my career and my dreams. My race can be told before you ever hear me speak. I can never be mistaken as something else. There will always be preconceived ideas about me just because of my race. As you probably have already guessed I am black. In our country the politically correct term is African American but to me, I am a Black American. This view has cause a lot of discussion within my own race as you can imagine. My ethnicity is closely tied to my race. The culture in my community is very different from a lot of others I have met and so similar to some. I laugh because of a lot of the assumptions that neither I nor my children fit. In this country, to me, your race and ethnicity shapes everything about you as a person. Because of your ethnicity, you wind up having certain beliefs regarding religion, politics, how you raise your children and type of career you choose. Depending on the type of upbringing you have will determine what your views are. The thing is that your race and ethnicity determines what type of upbringing you will receive which in turns controls everything else. The only thing with any of this is that you should always strive to look beyond those two things and try to see life from another view and have patience and tolerance for beliefs and people that are......

Words: 301 - Pages: 2

Race and Ethnicity

...The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity Match race and ethnicity key terms with their correct descriptions: 1. Copy each key term from the Key Terms list below. 2. Paste each key term into the cell to the right of its matching description. Key Terms: Stereotype, Gender group, Pluralism, Sociology, Minority group, Assimilation, Conflict perspective, Segregation, Ethnic group, Racism, Class, Subordinate group, Social construction of race, Racial group, Religious minority group. Note: Some descriptions were adapted from Richard Schaefer’s Racial and Ethnic Groups, 10th ed., 2006. |Description |Key Term | |This group is the same as a subordinate group. A defining feature of this group is that its members have less control or power over their lives than do members of |Minority group, | |dominant groups. | | |This describes the social structure between competing groups as defined by conflict or tension. An example would be the conflict that occurs between Haitians and |Conflict perspective | |United States citizens when Haitian refugees seek a new home in the United States. ...

Words: 581 - Pages: 3

Race and Ethnicity

...l Race and Juvenile Delinquency by Dubien Tshimanga SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY CAPSTONE PRINCIPIA COLLEGE APRIL 2015 ABSTRACT Throughout history, the struggle of minorities has been seen in many facets of life such as in history, literature, music and film: Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi fought for the right of unrepresented minorities. Books such as Too Kill a Mocking Bird spoke to the prejudices of a community. Movies such as Roots illustrated the hardship of the slaves. From the Roman’s persecution of Christians to today’s rap song lyrics about economic disparities the plight of the minority has been fought for millennium. This research examines the struggle of minorities within the juvenile justice system and the differential rates of adjudication and length of sentencing between the white majority and the black minority juvenile offenders. During the course of this research, additional insights were gained from an internship at a youth correctional center as well as drawing on my own personal experience as a refugee from Gabon. The findings of my research demonstrate that minority offenders do receive harsher sentences than the whites, and that there are several factors contributing to higher rates of juvenile delinquency among African Americans; primarily education and community. To consider the struggle of minorities is important because it creates awareness that the maltreatment of a minority group by the dominant majority often...

Words: 19434 - Pages: 78

Race and Ethnicity Arts

...Richard Gooden Intro to Soc Professor Jackson Race and Ethnicity Arts America has been described as a nation founded for the people by the people. Critics argue that it was founded by and for white male Europeans. So which one is it? By viewing this exhibition, it shall become quite clear that this country was not founded by and for all the people. Indeed, African Americans did not found this nation nor was it founded for their benefit. Their white counterparts founded it on their backs. And unfortunately, they are still looked down upon today. By whites castigating them as black or even by stereotyping themselves, it does still matter today if you are black or white. The following exhibition will show American art's progressive portrayal of blacks as an inferior race. In 1710, Justus Engelhardt Kuhn painted Henry Darnall III as a Child. In this painting a young white boy along with his black child slave stands on a balcony overlooking his estate's elaborate gardens. The slave stands behind his master, holding a dead bird that the master has just killed after a hunt. The slave is not placed directly on the balcony with his master but behind the ledge so that he can not come too close to the white boy. This indicated a clear distinction between the two races. And to further subjugate the slave, he is given a facial expression tantamount to adoration of his master. He is not a person but rather like a puppy. One can treat a puppy however they want since animals have no...

Words: 1325 - Pages: 6

Race and Ethnicity

...Race and Ethnicity in Police Employment Practices Isabel R. Rodriguez University of Phoenix October 3, 2011 Blanche Cook Race and Ethnicity in Police Employment Practices An important part of the United States workforce is made up of police officers. The number of police officers employed has grown drastically over the past few years. However, although the number of police officers employed has increased, public scrutiny has as well. The police employment practices have affected the publics’ perception of the police because of the factors involved as well as the desire to seek employment in law enforcement. The paper below will describe some of the factors involved with race and ethnicity when seeking police careers. Diversity among the law enforcement was limited until several years ago. A significant positive change has been seen in the perceptions of minorities within the employment of law enforcement. This helps to redress the historic workplace inequity by having police forces better reflect ethnic constituency of society (Perrott, 1999). However, minorities are still more likely to suffer inequalities. These inequalities are shaped by structural constraints that include childhood and adult poverty, unemployment, inadequate health care, and lack of economic and education opportunities (Smith, 2009). Minorities are also placed at the bottom of the social class. Because of these inequalities, employment with the police department has been difficult to achieve as......

Words: 1828 - Pages: 8

Defining Race and Ethnicity

...Defining Race and Ethnicity (Name) ETH/125 March 29, 2011 (Instructor’s Name) Defining Race and Ethnicity Race is a type of subordinate group made up of a population with physical characteristics that differentiate them noticeably from other racial groups. This is not the only distinction. The biological diversities are given emphasis to by social significance, for a race is a social establishment and not a physical actuality. The fact that biological characteristics categorizing a specific race are frequently discovered in others, as well, only emphasize that there are no obvious difference between races from the point of biological meaning.  Cultural differences characterize an ethnic group. Occasionally, what sets a group apart is physical characteristics and national origin and makes them particularly dissimilar from each other. Schaefer (2006) stated “Despite these difficulties, belief in the inheritance of behavior patterns and in an association between physical and cultural traits is widespread. It is called racism when this belief is coupled with the feeling that certain groups or races are inherently superior to others” (pp. 12-13). The United States is such a multiracial and multiethnic country, people with clear social uniqueness are not acknowledged. These concepts are important to United States society because it can be of help evenly to balance the rights selected dominant groups have, that are refused to subordinate groups, therefore......

Words: 419 - Pages: 2

Race and Ethnicity

...Social Issues Race and Ethnicity Defining Race and Ethnicity Robert Cogg * Race is a very real topic in American society. Although race is a subject that is not easily and very scarcely talked about, the conversation is much needed and should be addressed at a much more frequency. Race and ethnicity come up in some way, shape, fashion or form in our everyday lives whether we like it or not. I will define what both race and ethnicity mean to me and how these terms are important in our society. Defining Race and Ethnicity Being that I am an African American male, race and ethnicity are very relevant in my everyday life. I have been discriminated against, and hired, both because of my race. I have been denied and accepted on the basis of my race. Ethnicity is defined as an ethnic group of people whose members identify with each other, through a common heritage that is real or assumed- sharing cultural characteristics. Race is defined as the categorization of humans into populations or ancestral groups on the basis of various sets of heritable characteristics. This being understood, systematically and historically my race is that of a discriminated one. History has shown that African Americans suffered slavery, and still suffer the effects of slavery to this day. This is what makes race and ethnicity relevant to me. In my everyday life I may have to list my race at any moment. If I fill out a job application I am asked my race and ethnicity. If race doesn’t......

Words: 354 - Pages: 2