Colorblindness and Culture

Culture is related to race and racism in how a person with culture is considered to be of a different race. How Rosaldo described the unmarked dominant. Someone who is white may not necessarily be able to define his race because he doesn’t believe it has a culture. This turns into racism when minorities who do have culture undergo discrimination processes such as redlining because of the culture that they practice or belong to. Also, racism is backed by social norms which are part of culture. So in a very twisted way, at times racism could be considered part of culture.

I think the connection between colorblindness and persistent inequality is very interesting. Colorblindness claims that there is no race, everyone is equal. However, persistent inequality is an argument proving this is wrong. By being colorblind people reject the idea of racial inequality, yet there are still obvious wealth and educational gaps that serve as evidence to prove America is not racially equal. The white flight serves as a perfect example to persistent inequality and how being colorblind does not mean that we are racially equal. When racial minorities begin moving into a nice (white) neighborhood, white people tend to move out, reducing the market value of these neighborhoods. Eventually these neighborhoods become home to racial minorities who suffer a wealth gap. Another example of persistent inequality in history are the levittowns that were very cheap in the past and whose market value has dramatically increased. Blacks were not able to buy these properties due to unfair policies, therefore they cannot benefit from the market value of these properties. In the end all these circumstances and policies affect the success of generational minorities because many of these minorities fall into a cycle of poverty which is very hard to get out of.

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