Invisible: Race and Otis Graham Racism Essay

Nathan Britt 07/05/2010 SOCI C101 Reading 9 “ Invisible Man” by Lawrence Otis Graham Racism is an ism to which everyone in the world today is exposed; for or against, we must take sides. And the history of the future will differ according to the decision which we make. Ruth Benedict The “Invisible Man” by Lawrence Otis Graham was very difficult to read which is why I decided to write about it. It was difficult to read because it angers me. Racism in America today has to be one of the most irritating and frustrating topics to discuss or to write about.

Because of my personal experiences along with the reality and truth of how racism is handled in America, I personally believe that we as a nation are moving backwards and not forwards. Racism in today’s society although it has definitely evolved from what it used to be, it is still very much an issue. I think that the difference in today’s society is that it is being experienced by all races all over the country, including the white race.

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In trying to create equality in America I think that the pendulum is swinging to the extreme in the opposite direction, reminds me of politics, and that is why this article bothered me so much and raised more questions. Is the big racial fight for equality, or is it for superiority? Why do we allow race specific colleges, organizations, college funds, why is it that a company must hire a minority despite qualifications for fear of being sued? Why is it that anyone should be treated special or different?

Nobody owes anybody anything and being human is being human end of discussion, despite race, color, gender, or religion, we all bleed red. The discrimination that Lawrence writes about is completely uncalled for and is definitely a valid problem, but I wonder what a White or Hispanic male would experience going to an all-black organization or club. I can guarantee you that he would feel the same and be treated the same. I find it funny that the same groups that scream about racism and equality happen to be the same exact groups who scream and fight to be different and to make a name for themselves, their race.

Racism will never end until it stops being the focus of everyone’s problems. America will never have equality until us, as citizens, erase the lines of race, religion, and sexuality. With that being said we as citizens cannot do it all on our own, we need the help of our government and I am not convinced that our government really wants us to have equality or for us to get along. Ever heard of the old saying “divide and conquer” or how about “A Nation divided against itself cannot stand”? We need to learn from past generations and move to a smarter/better future for all Americans, for all humans.

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