Prejudice And Racism Color Or Character?

693 words - 3 pages

Color or Character?



On TV and in magazines, you seldom see a dark-skinned black person. Our culture is still being led to believe that having lighter skin somehow makes you a better person.


Black people with lighter skin get treated better; I believe this discrepancy stems from the days of slavery. In general, dark-skinned blacks labored in the fields while light-skinned blacks worked indoors. Slave owners and even slaves gave lighter-skinned blacks more respect. This segregation of shades within the same race is a serious problem.


Colorism has always been an issue for the black community. In the past, some black social clubs and societies only allowed those who had light skin. "People say that in the early days at Spelman College (an historically black women' s college) young women were not admitted if they were darker than a paper bag," said one graduate.


Today, colorism is reinforced by black children having white G.I. Joes and Barbie dolls with blond hair and blue eyes. It is also strengthened by the absence of dark-skinned black people on TV and in magazines. What happened to "Black is Beautiful"? The black race is made up of many shades, so how can anyone say one is better than another?


Our society has taught us not to accept differences. One senior I know said, "My grandfather accepts me, while he treats my sister as if she doesn't exist because she is darker." I asked a number of my classmates what a beautiful black woman looks like, and most of them gave the obvious answers: Halle Berry and Vanessa Williams.


But one response surprised me. When I asked one classmate, she said she thought there was not just one. She named Lauryn Hill, Jada Pinkett Smith and Erykah Badu, who are all very different, but each has something that makes her beautiful. She also mentioned her deceased friend, Monique: "Monique was beautiful because she was smart, always kept herself together and did not let her looks get...

Find Another Essay On Prejudice and Racism - Color or Character?

Prejudice and Racism in Canada Essay

784 words - 3 pages unequal power, privilege, and social prestige. Ignoring race would mean ignoring the reality of racism. Racism takes forms that include social ostracism, employment discrimination, and racial prejudice. One Mt. A student related experiencing social ostracism and prejudice at Mt.A. "People are less willing to get to know me and most people view Black people negatively. 'Yo, whatsup?!' That stereotypical treatment is demeaning. It makes me feel

Sexism and Racism in “The Color Purple”

1628 words - 7 pages whites in the South after the Civil War and much of this can still be seen today. To sum it up, sexism and racism intersects. Both are an attitude, action or institutional structure which systematically subordinated a person or group. A person shouldn’t be judged Smith 3 on the color of their

Racism and Prejudice - Fear and White Flight

1277 words - 5 pages brought African slaves to Jamestown in 1619. The slave trade ceased in 1807. Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1863. Thousands of blacks fled the south in the twenties and thirties, many of them heading t o northern cities and there is much written about the black ghettos of post modern America. However, there is little to see or hear about that shadow that moves with black history. That shadow is whiteness, the

Racism, Prejudice and Inequality in America

971 words - 4 pages laws, regulations, and policies. • The white supremacist system intentionally fosters history between groups of color. • The roots of racial profiling can be traced back to America’s war on drugs in the 1980s when police were encouraged to stop and search members of certain groups. • 30 percent of African Americans between the ages 20-29 are under correctional supervision or in jail. • Every race displays racial prejudice to each other

To Kill a Mockingbird: Racism and Prejudice

765 words - 3 pages Prejudice has caused the pain and suffering of others for many centuries. Some examples of this include the Holocaust and slavery in the United States. In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, racism was the cause of much agony to the blacks of a segregated South. Along with blacks, other groups of people are judged unfairly just because of their difference from others. The prejudice and bigotry of society causes the victimization of people with

Prejudice and Racism in Huckleberry Finn

1565 words - 6 pages an individual and also trusts Huck very much. He uses these turning points in the novel in order to portray Jim as a real person as well as one who carries compassion and feelings like all normal people. Huckleberry Finn can be used as a building block to educate children that all people are the same no matter what color, race, or ethnicity. Huck, however, goes along with society and forms the same prejudiced opinion that the other members do

Racism and Prejudice at State College

2401 words - 10 pages Racism and Prejudice at State College America: the home of the brave and the free, the "melting pot." America: a society of endless possibilities and promises. We as Americans have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Or do we? On what do these rights depend? Power? Power is the ability to influence another's mind. Though expressed in many ways, power is not always accessible. One's social, economic, ethical, and racial

The Causes of Prejudice and Racism

2535 words - 10 pages connection between blackness and inferiority.  Or, as Richard Wright once said: "Race is a social myth, not a biological fact" (de Vaal, 156).   I think that this is a highly sophisticated approach and a powerful philosophical argument.  However, I seriously doubt that the average racist will even take the effort to understand it.  It might be useful against attempts to justify racism scientifically but it operates on too abstract a

Prejudice and Racism in Heart of Darkness?

890 words - 4 pages Heart of Darkness: Racist or not?   Many critics, including Chinua Achebe in his essay "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness", have made the claim that Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness, despite the insights which it offers into the human condition, ought to be removed from the canon of Western literature. This claim is based on the supposition that the novel is racist, more so than other novels of its time

Prejudice and Racism in Heart of Darkness

3461 words - 14 pages Racism in Heart of Darkness        Heart of Darkness is a social commentary on imperialism, but the characters and symbols in the book have a meaning for both the psychological and cultural aspects of Marlow’s journey.  Within the framework of Marlow’s psychedelic experience is an exploration of the views the European man holds of the African man. These views express the conflict between the civilized and the savage, the modern and the

Character Personality Types in Pride and Prejudice

1750 words - 7 pages in modern society have made Pride and Prejudice one of the most loved books of all time. We can use the Jung theory on personality types to classify each character. Jung states: “ …my first concern must be with the two general types I have termed introverted and extraverted. But, in addition, I shall also try to give a certain characterization of those special types whose particularity is due to the fact that his most differentiated function

Similar Essays

Racism And Prejudice Essay

1497 words - 6 pages researched sources deal with the effects of racism, the foolishness of it and the fact that it still exists in today’s modern and so-called advanced world. No matter how much social attitudes evolve, prejudice, hatred and racism will still exist within aspects of society, whether it be in the heart, in the mind or in the souls of those too ignorant to realize the damaging consequences. While technologically today’s world has advanced, if society cannot overcome issues such as racism and prejudice, it has not evolved at all.

Police Prejudice And Racism Essay

3634 words - 15 pages of criminal behavior is race. By associating crime and race, local news necessarily interjects racial stereotypes into the public’s understanding of crime. Viewers are compelled to evaluate their racial beliefs in light of what seem to be empirical realities. Iyengar's framing experiments suggested that news of crime in black neighborhoods made viewers more likely to offer either individualistic (ie. character flaws) or punitive (le. insufficient

Racism And Prejudice In America Essay

1399 words - 6 pages Prejudice is a destructive social problem. Theories of prejudice distinguish between old-fashioned and modern forms. The former is an open rejection of minority group members; the latter is subtle and covert, with a veneer of out-group acceptance. Prejudice is commonly defined as an unfair negative attitude toward a social group or a person perceived to be a member of that group. Racism is related to concepts such as prejudice

Racism And Prejudice In America Essay

615 words - 2 pages Racism and Prejudice in America Nigger, Spic, Kike, Cracker. Words of hate that resonate throughout the ideals of racism. Society tends to look only at prejudice on the surface. It is easy to ignore the racism that hides below the surface and is part of American life. I’m talking about apathy. It is apathy that keeps the legacy of hate part of American life. I’m not saying that the majority of white America has a KKK robe in their closet