William Raspberry is from a small segregated town in Mississippi, he left this small town to take a job as a reporter. I do believe that his home town plays a big factor in how he feels about the black Americans being referred to as “black”. He has some really great points of view on the subject and how it affects the black children. There are certain images that come to mind when a person refers to a person as black. As I reflect on the article “The Handicap of Definition”, I am reminded of the town where I grew up, it was a small hick town but over half the population was black Americans. There are several statements made in this article that would make any person rethink calling a person “black” and in this paper I will discuss the most important ones to me.
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If this is the case the person might have to work harder to prove that they are not to be stereo typed. Where I grew up, color was not a factor and this burden for the most part did not affect the black Americans that wanted to excel.
The statement that black Americans are better at athletics, entertaining, and sexual performance is by opinion. I will say that yes black Americans are excellent in these areas but this is stereo typing the race. There are very smart black Americans in the world. At my school the Valedictorian was a black American girl. It is possible to prove yourself as to not be stereo typed.
I do not agree that young black Americans are better at basketball because they practice continually, to prove to themselves that they can learn it. Basketball is fun where English for example is boring. What teenager, whether black or white do you know would chose to do English homework over practicing basketball. I know very few teenagers that would even consider the option. I do not feel that the black children because of the label “black” excel in basketball because they think they are supposed to be good at it. Black Americans can excel in any subject they choose to as long as they put their mind and energy into excelling in the subject.
In conclusion I believe that black Americans have the burden of being stereo typed into the “black” category. I do however, as stated throughout my paper feel that black Americans use it as a crutch more often than not. I feel that black Americans allow the burden of being “black” to over shadow their abilities. They have to have the determination and will power to overcome the burden as well as the stereo type in order to succeed. Like I stated in this reflection the Valedictorian of my class was a “black” girl, the burden can be overcome with the will power and belief to do so.