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Racial Identity Essay

856 words - 4 pages


Pietra Chaves  English 110  Gaber Hasaneen  02/08/15   


In  today’s  society the word race is  used to describe a lot of things. As I was reading Appiah’s  Essay  “  Racial  Identities”  it  made  me  remember  some  situations  that  I  encountered  during  my  life.  The  fact  that  being  a  woman  and  black  posed  me  as  many  situations  of  discrimination.   Furthermore,  I  have   seen  many  situations  of  discrimination  happening  with  others  black  people  around  the  world  and  especially  in  countries  such  ...view middle of the document...

 In addition, there used  to  happen  another  aspect  that  I  noticed,  the  majority  of  waiters  used  having one tone of the skin  darker  than  the  majority  of  clients.  For  that  reason,  it  was  clear  to  see  that  in  the  tables  which  were  “white  people”  sitting,  the  service  at  the  tables  was  more   efficient  than  the  others  one.  There  they  used  to  accept  5  orders  at  time  in  the  others  table  without  complaining   or  arguing.  However,  when  they  came  our  table  to  proceed  with  our  orders  they  were  very  impatient  and  ignorants  with  us.  I  remember  that  as  soon  as  they  brought  our  order,  I  asked  for  salt due to the  lack  of  taste  on  my  meal.  Consequently,  one  of  the  waiters  that  was  serving  us  gave  me  a  rude  answer  saying  that  if  I  wanted  salt  it  would  be  better  go  to  another  restaurant.   I  was completely  lost  as  I  received  that  answer.  After  a  few minutes, ​  couple  called one of the waiters and said  one there  was  an  error  with  their  order. Immediately, the waiter figured out the mistake that they had  made followed by the manager of the restaurant apologizing the couple.    My  history  is  related  with  Appiah’s  essay  by  racial  labeling,  racial  identification,   discrimination  and  common  culture  keywords.  In  his  essay  Appiah  assume  that  he  argued  with  one’s  thought  of  racial  labeling  as  a  way  of  identification  of  people  that  apportion  the  same  qualities,  “I  have  argued  that  Jefferson  and  Arnold  thought  that  when  they  applied a racial label  they  were  identifying  people  with  a  shared  essence.”  (43).  This  statement  is  surely  right  by  making  us  presume  that  society  has  not   the  power  and  authority  to  identify  others  by  the  impression  of  their  skin  color  or  any  other  reason.  In  Appiah’s  essay,  he  explained  that  he   did  not  accept  one’s  ideas  of  racial  label ...

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