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Smith 1 Danny Smith Professor Monteon Dimension of Culture 1 16 October, 2010 Dimension of Culture: Journal Three In Michael Omi and Howard Winant’s excerpt, “Racialization: the Historical Development of Race” from Racial Formation In the United States , the authors argue that Americans are a “color conscious” society and racialization has evolved throughout the history of United States. The term “racialization” was used to extend a racial meaning to a previously unclassified racial or social relationship, therefore exerting the group into the bottom of the current social hierarchy. The racial distinction first began with the arrival of African slaves, when they were classified as blacks in order to distinguish their social and political statuses from their white counterparts. The system succeeded until the Irish and Asians – who were labeled “non-whites” – arrived in America and tried to enter the working class despite the fact that it was racially classified as “whites only.” Conflicts then emerged
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