After this week’s readings, there are parallels that can be drawn to the terms we have learned over the course of these past few weeks. Racialization, for instance, pertains to how media and outside sources can influence the perceptions people have of individual race. Racialization is the process that society undergoes as they are exposed to race-driven themes in the news or other sources, which in turn fuels a festering fear or misconception. While the development of these sentiments is considered to be racialization, the product is racial paranoia. Racial paranoia is fostered over time and creates a culture of distrust, fear and animosity towards another group. Stereotypes help to instigate and nurture society’s perception of certain racial groups.
The foundation that the United States was built on was meant to support and protect the liberties of its citizens and allow for equality; however, the reality of the nation illustrates a darker picture. Americans are raised to be proud of their hard fought freedom but have also been allowed to remain ignorant to the faults of the nation. We have been responsible for genocide and for imprisoning people in camps because of their race. Race is a topic that is glossed over as it hints at a dark park of the nation’s history. The controversy is ignored as laws have been passed to prevent racial-discrimination allowing society to hide behind legislation, denying that there is inequality in our country. Racial paranoia is the persistent thoughts and stereotypes that exist despite the instinctual response that our country is the land of the free. There is a colorblindness that society sees itself through which enables the cyclical racial notions that were once legally abided. This exhibits the fact that just because the laws have changed does not mean that the attitudes within our society and American culture have as well.