A long ways to a post racial society

Inaara Muhammad, Staff Writer

A mother sits her child down at the dinner table and warns him of his environment.

“Don’t be friends with white people,” she cautions, “they’re all the same.”

The child is unaware, but at that moment, he has adopted a stereotype that will guide his mindframe throughout his life.

Stereotypes are leadways for assumptions; exaggerated statements that are, in the general sense, untrue. Stereotypes negatively remark toward a group or culture, and lead it to be misrepresented. Often, this becomes a foundation for racist ideals. People classify all asians as being bad drivers or all white girls being addicted to starbucks. These small labels combine into one’s closed mindset toward a particular race.

Many people claim that the 21st century is now free of such beliefs, and that America can now be classified as a post racial society. However, that is also a stereotype, an assumption, an exaggerated statement.

“My election did not create a post-racial society,” President Obama said in a commencement speech at Howard University.

We claim that our nation is equal, yet racism is still a problem below the surface.

There is a racial gap in, not only our nation’s ideologies, but also our system.

In fact, the U.S. struggles with this problem in many areas, including economics. In fact, President Obama himself stated that the U.S. unemployment rate is about 5 percent. However, he emphasized that it is almost at nine percent for African Americans.

If America is indeed a post racial society, why are African American men six times more likely to be imprisoned than white men?

The problem not only lies in America, but in other nations too. When Sadiq Khan was elected mayor of London, the public celebrated his appointment while also labeling him as a “Muslim mayor” rather than just a “mayor.”

The city emphasized his Muslim roots, and while some citizens wanted to celebrate that Khan was the first Muslim mayor of London, others tried to undermine him by continuously reiterating that he was a Muslim first, rather than a Londoner. If his opponent, Tory Zach Goldsmith had been elected, wouldn’t society have simply announced the election as a new “mayor” rather than a new “white mayor?”

The world unconsciously upholds the centuries-old tradition of dividing itself based on empires, but instead of them being led by kings and queens, they’re dictated by races.

The acknowledgement of racial differences wouldn’t be negatively looked upon if instead of treating other groups as inferior, society embraced culture. We’ve become so inherently defensive of our own opinion that our discriminatory nature doesn’t end at skin color. Instead, we create exclusive groups based on likes and dislikes such as favorite football team.

When addressing African American graduates at the Howard University commencement, President Obama said, “Create your own style, set your own standard of beauty, embrace your own sexuality. Because you’re a black person — doing whatever it is that you’re doing — that makes it a black thing!”

Perhaps America will never establish itself as a post racial society. But that shouldn’t be of concern because the country itself was created by the amalgamation of different countries and cultures. Instead of avoiding the reality that everyone is indeed different from each other, citizens should learn to embrace and appreciate differences in order to peacefully coexist in a diverse world.

A mother sits her son at the dinner table, listening to her son talk about all his many friends. She doesn’t care if they’re White, Asian, African American, or otherwise. She’s just happy he’s found his own place in the world.

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