Race and Ethnicity in the United States Still Matters

1287 WordsJul 14, 20186 Pages
Race and ethnicity is a main factor in the way we identify others and ourselves. The real question here is does race/ethnicity still matter in the U.S.? For some groups race is not a factor that affects them greatly and for others it is a constant occurrence in their mind. But how do people of mix race reacts to this concept, do they feel greatly affected by their race? This is the question we will answer throughout the paper. I will first examine the battle of interracial relationship throughout history and explain how the history greatly explains the importance of being multiracial today. This includes the backlash and cruelty towards interracial couple and their multiracial children. Being part of a multiracial group still contains its…show more content…
They had been taken away from their homes and forced to works as slaves. They often do not view themselves as part of the American society and feel like outsiders. It seems that throughout history racial minorities have not been highly welcomed or treated properly. Japanese interment camps are an example of this. But can the affect of a person historical background have an affect on them today? If a child had any form of black ancestry he would be considered black regardless if they were partly white. This was considered the one-drop rule. The child was not a pure white person therefore was treated as someone of color. Today we have often forced multiracial groups to classify themselves as one race or as a category of other. It was not until recently that the U.S. census allowed for more than one racial classification to be marked down. Not many survey allow this, regardless of the increasing population of multiracial ethnicities. In addition, they are often criticize and torn between picking sides of their race. For instance if someone is half back and half white they might be criticize for no acting “white” enough of “black” enough. Rockquemore and Brunsma describe this as “The biracial experience…being one of marginality and uncertainty, as these individuals attempt to find their place within a highly racialized society” (Rockquemore & Brunsma, 2002). In a country that places a lot of importance on racial
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