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Unformatted text preview: Jacqueline Reyes Smithsonian Project 12/13/10 SO 101 Preexistence Post-Racial Society A Color-Blind Society Compare to a Post-Racial Society A racialized society is one that emphasizes the importance of race and it influences the way society is run. In this type of society segregation and separation between races is common. One will not see people of different backgrounds interacting with each other. This is different to a color-blind society, one where people look at one another as equals, the color of a persons skin does not intervene with how a person is treated. In which all are judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin (Haley). This does not mean that people are treated as equals, but that skin color is beyond a factor. Some say that colorblindness is use as an excuse to help shield the criticism whites still have on minorities (Bonilla Silva). This is what follows before a Post-racial society. A post-racial society is one that the forces of prejudice, racism, and discrimination have been canceled out (Haley). This society more generalizes the idea of equality, it is one that is not only color-blind, but inequality is inexistence. This society is supposed to be passed beyond a racialized society. Racialized and post-racial societies are the complete opposites because they both emphasize the opposite views on race. One uses race to separate society and create inequality base on which race is dominant. The other does not use race in its society, it is as if race never existed, everyone is equal no matter what. Concepts Manifestation in American Society Both Past and Present The concept of a racialized society is one that has existed in our past history. Several hundred years ago slavery was common; segregation was one of the foundations of how society was operated. Before Abraham Lincoln came into office, slavery was a norm in society. I t was not until the civil war, that slavery became illegal, but it did not eliminate the racial inequality that still existed. All through until after the mid 1950s did only prominently whites have all power. During this time whiteness was key to citizenship. If a person had one drop of another race that was not white, then they were considered colored. For example, in the early 20 th century most immigrant were from Eastern and Southern Europe, as they came to this country, they were seen as minorities are were treated as one. They would work low jobs and were not seen as citizens. After the 1950s this group of immigrants were considered to be white as well, creating a greater gap between whites and blacks. It created a time were integrated neighborhoods were seen unstable and interracial marriage was looked down upon. For instance, white neighborhood did not want Blacks moving in because they knew that this would cause them to lose housing loans and their house values would decrease. This time period continued until the 1960s when the civil rights movement came into place. Minorities, especially Blacks fought for their rights, rights movement came into place....
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