"Seeing A Color Blind Race: The Paradox Of Race" By Patricia Williams

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To a significant degree, racism can be considered a thread seeming from a smug sweater in which our society encases itself. It illustrates the bond our society has with specific racial stereotypes, which cannot simply be removed or plucked as it would produce a void or allow the sweater to dispel to a given degree. Instead, we'd simply opt to ignore the wavering thread in hopes that it wouldn't play a noteworthy role in the longevity of the sweater. For lack of a better mode of metaphoric portrayal, it is this idea which Patricia Williams sets forth to examine. Is it in fact our tendency not to address certain issues in regards to ones race? And in doing so, can it be envisioned as a mode or ...view middle of the document...

In other words, there is such an overwhelmingly immense amount of information presented that the dismissal of her conclusion as 'irrational' cannot be deemed feasible.From the very beginning of the presented work, Williams clearly spells out and accesses the title of her intriguing paperback. By a deemed dominant white society exclaiming that 'color doesn't matter', what they are in fact doing is practicing a form of 'silent' racial discrimination. This discrimination can be considered the absence of recognition in regards to the distinctiveness of a given race. This failure to recognize, either imposed or accidental is what the author refers to as the notion of color-blindness. The non-recognition of color also furthers the impression that it doesn't exist at all. It's society's plight to mask the avoidance of exclusion by portraying an 'it doesn't matter' framework as a means of not having to deal with a 'sensitive' topic. It roots itself in the silencing of inquisition as it is presented by children. By schooling a child to withhold certain questions regarding race and ethnic origin, is to practice the avoidance of an issue which is ever so important in regards to understanding the complexities within a society. This practice will eventually invoke the imaginative side of a child's thought process and lead to the conjuring of uneducated views, which will eventually lead to stereotypes. Williams also wishes to make the reader aware of the fact or idea that white persons don't think of themselves as falling under the magnifying glass of 'race'. This view enforces the idea that to be white is considered societies norm, while anyone existing outside this system is supported by the crutch of race. While the author attacks the idea of color-blindness, she indeed embraces it as a future state or plain of existence in stating:While I do want to underscore that I embrace color-blindness as a legitimate hope for the future...It seems as though the only argument that can be discharged in opposition of the view presented by Williams would be; although the notion of color-blindness has made quite apparent its existence, it seems as though she speaks of it as practiced by a group. This systematic cataloguing of persons begs the question 'Where is the affirmation of the individual in regards to color-blindness'?The author later reacquaints us with an old flame, being the infamous murder trial of O. J. Simpson and how it was subconsciously a trial focused upon race. As media coverage spread and reached biblical proportions, the American public was force-fed an onslaught of propaganda and biased views. What this in fact did was allow a significant amount of perpetual weight to shift in view of the case. It transformed itself from being a case solely based on the pending conviction of a man, to a case possessing certain sub-conscious elements of racial tension. This raises the question 'Was this unneeded emphasis a result of media hype or America's underplayed...

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