In The Documentary Film "The Color Of Fear, "A Group Of Men Engaged In A Candid Discussion On Racism.

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In the documentary film "The Color of Fear, "a group of men engaged in a candid discussion on racism. The group consisted of eight men, and they were African, Asian, Latino, and White Americans. It was to show that all Africans, Asians, Latinos, or Whites do not think alike and are diverse. I believe that is why there were two men representing each ethnicity. At some point in the movie it made me feel quite uncomfortable to watch because of the intensity of the men. For the most part I felt as though I could relate to their experiences being a minority myself. There were some hits and misses in the film, but overall it was informative.I believe the first question that was asked from the director was how they identified themselves racially. There were so many different responses, but most of the minority did not identify themselves as "Americans." What was surprising to me was that most of the men there were born in the United States so they are American Citizens. Yet, they still felt alienated from this country. I believe that the minority in this country will always be viewed as a foreigner because White Americans are the dominant culture in this society. For example, I am an American Citizen because I was conceived here in the bay area. Yet, people will ask me what country I am from. Furthermore, I was astonished of how important it is to grow up in a diverse committee such as the bay area. When I was living in Maryland I went to a school where my peer consisted of only Whites, Africans, and some Koreans. It was such a cultural shock for me because I grew up with such a diverse group of friends. The lunch breaks at school helped illustrate how each ethnicity formed their own clique and kept to themselves. Also, for the first time in my life I was the only "Asian" in my classes. I was viewed as an exotic and foreign creature because they would look at me with such curiosity. I came to the conclusion that their ignorance is due to the fact that they were never exposed to variant cultures. They never learned how to be tolerant and aware....

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