Racial Identity And Ethnic Identity

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Paper One My racial identity and ethnic identity are tied to my everyday experiences as an African American. I identify as African American or black because it’s my culture. I born by two black parents and grew up in a black household. Although I was often told by my parents that I’m black, I would say that the term “Black” was given to me before I even entered the world. The term “Black” was given to Africans by Europeans when they took us as slaves to the Americas. Ever since then, the one drop rule applied to anyone with African heritage in the United States. In “What White Supremacist taught a Jewish Scholar About Identity” by Abby L. Ferber, she proves that race is a social construct. While researching the readings of white…show more content…
However, no matter how much Asian Americans assimilate into mainstream America through economic gains, White Americans will still view Asian Americans as non-white.
My other identities directly impact my experience as being black because I deal with heterosexism everyday. Furthermore, because I identity as a man and was born male, I don’t experience cissexism nor sexism. All of my identities are important to me because it makes me who I am and includes me with others who share my identity. For example, in “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together” by Beverly Daniel Tatum, she explains the reasoning behind why black students sit together in the cafeteria. Tatum states that the reason why is because they all understand each other experiences. Unlike people who don’t share my identities, I am able to relate to those that do and share my experiences. In the end, this creates a safe place for me because I know my thoughts are valid and understood.
Although my identities create shared experiences, sometimes it conflicts with those who don’t share my identities. In some cases, I assume people view me as a stereotypical black person because I’m black. In “Defining Racism” by Tatum, she talks about how people can internalize stereotypes because of racism. Growing in the United States, the
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