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Unformatted text preview: 1 Lee Jane Lee Professor Gilson DOC 1, Section A08 30 October 2009 Race: Its Origin and Prominence in the United States In Selections from Racial Formation in the United States , Michael Omi and Howard Winant claim that race is socially constructed, not biologically or physically determined. They present their argument by addressing three general topics. First, they analyze current outlooks on race in the United States. Then, they present their theory of racial formation. They conclude by connecting their approach to race with national history and politics. They argue against the notion that race is biological and instead reinforce the idea that race is a social phenomenon that has been developed from the very beginning of this country. They claim that the United States is an extremely “color-conscious” (39) society, which means that race plays a significant role in determining one’s rights, one’s employment, and one’s sense of identity. If we were “colorblind” (39), the concept of race would disappear entirely. As sense of identity....
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