IAH Final Essay-2.docx - Patel 1 Nirali Patel Professor Lambert IAH 207 26 April 2019 Final Paper Growing up you are told that the people you meet

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Patel 1 Nirali Patel Professor Lambert IAH 207 26 April 2019 Final Paper Growing up you are told that the people you meet everyday can affect who you become in the future and that who you choose to associate with and grow with can shape your beliefs and values. With a majority of the United States population being white, a lot of our growing up is impacted by white people and their mentality that they are superior to the rest of the races because of the color of their skin. This idea is overlooked and normalized as the mentality of white superiorship has prolonged for centuries. Frye states, “To be a member of the in-group, a kin group, which is self-defining …Members can bend rules anytime…” (Frye 114). This idea of being a part of an “in-group” comes with the power to create and change the rules of becoming a part of the group in order to exclude the inferior. The rules can be expanded or condensed whenever they want to be by the members of the in-group in order to allow for their pride to be fulfilled. Personally, I think that much of Frye’s ideas are true when it comes to how society is constructed by a racially supreme group, and how the rules to be included in this group are constantly made harder for anyone that is not, in their terms, one-hundred percent white. Frye’s main idea is portrayed in the readings The New Jim Crow, Passing, and Different but the Same: A Story of Black and White Twins. Self-defining race is an ever-changing construct manipulated by the white power in our society that gives them certain advantages and the power to change the rules. In the reading called The New Jim Crow , the author Michelle Alexander focuses on the
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Patel 2 uproar associated with the drug war. The black community is deliberately caught in situations of drug-use, and attacked by the laws and punishments that are created by white authorities to intentionally persecute their community. In the same situations regarding drug abuse, those of black heritage will almost always serve their time through some form of punishment that white people would get warnings about or let go (Alexander 98). The laws created by the white authorities target black people and therefore give law enforcers the right to treat black people unequally without getting reprimanded for their unfairness. Alexander then explains that our country’s prisons and jails are associated with black people because black people are either unfairly incarcerated or white people are dismissed from the same actions. Alexander concludes from a research study that, “People of color are convicted of drug offenses at rates out of all
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