The And Its Impact On Society

1711 Words Oct 21st, 2016 7 Pages
It is oddly ironic––replace “ironic” with frustrating, disappointing, saddening, take your pick––how some integral parts of our identities can be so vague and incredibly difficult to discern. Being incapable of remembering the past nurtures a larger identity crisis within a person. It is difficult to truly know what you are––who you are––without taking your past into account. Inextricable from our identity, the past dictates how we are reared up, our place in society, society’s expectations of us, our expectation of society, and most importantly, our expectation of ourselves. Due to this inextricability, it is impossible to deny the past without simultaneously brushing off a part of ourselves.
America in the 21st century can––heavy emphasis on can––be considered progressive, modern, and accepting. As a society, we aspire to be labeled as such: we take the label of being the “melting pot of the world” proudly. Despite our so called acceptance, however, society seeks to devalue previous transgressions against minority groups. Acceptance and integration are both great things but it is important to differentiate between integration and simply glossing over history, which happens frequently. By glossing over history––much in the same way we try to ignore our personal history, we devalue the struggles undergone by various minority groups.
Beyoncé’s confrontation of the systematic racism faced by the African American community is especially effective due to her position in said…
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