People’s identity is said to be based off of many different things such as were one may live, work, or even whom one may associate with. Yet, this assumption is only partially true. Behind the meaning of identity lie the unconscious prejudice minds of people. We are thought to believe that what people do and who they are as a person, makes up their identity, but true identity comes from their appearance. The ongoing stereotyping in America between whites and blacks is still being ignored by the falsely driven definition that is given the word identity. Identity is what drives individuals of the African American race further away from being recognized for the person that they really are. Instantly, without a spoken word, African Americans are judged off of the pigment of their skin.
An example of when African American’s skin tone is automatically negatively profiled is in the article, “Dark-Skinned and ...view middle of the document...
Copper’s emotion to the trail saddens her, because it proved that ethically African American are “moving through the world” as being completely aggressive and unable to cooperate with laws and rules. Logically, because of Rachael’s incomprehensive witness testimony, Trayvon Martin’s chance of having justice was further discriminated. Copper’s use of talk shows, African American opinions, history of African American profiles, and the actual trail was an effective strategy to inform reader of Rachael Jeantel’s true story and what it meant to African Americans.
As a reader, I agree that as African American’s are still “moving through the world” as victim to the arranged agreement that each individual of the African American race are all the same. “These kinds of terms – combat, aggression, anger – stalk black women, especially black women who are dark-skinned and plus-sized like Rachel, at every turn seeking to discredit the validity of our experiences and render invisible our traumas” (Cooper). I agree with Copper. The words that tend to describe what being African American is surely predicts certain outcomes in situations such as this particular trail. Cooper stated, “She was there to defend her friend. And herself. Though she was not on trial, she seemed to know instinctively that black womanhood, black manhood and urban adolescence are always on trial in the American imaginary” (Cooper). When African Americans are giving the chance to be heard and a chance to reimage who they are in other people’s minds, it is important to do exactly that.
I always ask myself, “Will it ever be possible to change the identity of the African American race?”. I believe that if people acknowledge the true meaning behind identity, they will see that we are all of victim to identity.