Sunday, November 3, 2013

Striving For Racial Equity


“The evidence of racism and discrimination against average everyday folks of color is still very much evident”. I as a person of color witness many of the ways in which white people discriminate towards people of color in ways that make us feel, in comparison to them, inferior. A few days ago at the pharmacy I watched as the pharmacist, treated the woman with little to no respect. As I approached the counter I had this feeling of fear, like he was also going to treat me as badly as he did to the woman before me. To my surprise he didn't and after analyzing what had happened I came to the conclusion that he didn't treat me as badly because I demonstrated to have somewhat a decent amount educational background, despite my skin color. I believe that many times white people judge wrongfully. They see a person of color and automatically assume the worst. They see the broad picture but forget to consider the alibis. For example, the majority of people of color live in poverty, send their children to less privileged schools but are expected to get the same kind of education a white children who live in privileged neighborhoods and attend private schools. The reality is that it is nearly impossible. “Schools are no longer legally segregated, but because of residential patterns, housing discrimination, economic disparities and long-held custom, they most emphatically are in reality” (Herbert). Even though the law of Brown vs. Board of Education still exists we still see a level of discrimination even today. “Black and Brown is still considered in a negative light. The fact that we can carve out exceptions for people that make us feel comfortable is not going to get us fully to racial equity” (Tim Wise). After hearing his I had ah ha moment because I completely agree with this. The fact that people of color are still till this day looked down upon is only holding us back from achieving the goal of racial equity. We need to fix this issue and the only way to start, is to stop denying the problem itself.  

Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity

Talking point: Many white people don't know exactly what it's like to be a victim of discrimination. If more people knew what is was like maybe they would stop judging and starting thinking differently about people of color; leaving behind the horrible stereotypes that have been glued to our foreheads.



  1. Nelsy,
    I thought your personal story was a very powerful to this topic. It makes me feel bad that people of color are seen as below white people because i have meet a good amount people of color who have great personalities and have such powerful beliefs. I actually meet a someone of color from a class i am taking this semester, i started talking to him and i came to see that he is a fun guy but still has a high level of intelligence. It goes to show how individuality and being considered different is not being taught properly in school and at home.

  2. Hey Nelsy,
    I completely agree with you when you state that white people's judgment of people are something off key and when its viewed by the person in which racism is directed towards, it can stimulate fear. But one thing I can say from experience is that when you know who you are as a person, these negative stereotypes can not generate fear within. Thank you for sharing.


  3. Nelsy,
    I absolutely love how you started your blog off with a quote. Nice job. And I agree with you when you make your point about the judgement of white people. I like the pictures you chose to include I'm your blog and you really covered the material well!